Elliott Harvey made his first Premier League debut for Liverpool and didn’t seem out of place alongside established stars such as Diogo Jota, Sadio Mane, Mo Salah, and Virgil van Dijk. Liverpool signed Elliott from Fulham in 2019, who made his debut as a 15-year-old for the London club. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said on the club’s website, “everyone wants to talk to me about Harvey and I completely understand.”
The two clubs could not agree on a fee when Elliott was signed, but the Professional Football Compensation Committee (PFCC) ordered Liverpool to pay a “record” amount for the teenager in February – bringing it up to $5.45 million.
Elliott played the full game on Saturday and made 77 touchdowns. “When an 18-year-old boy plays such a mature game, I can understand why everyone is asking, but I’m not surprised that he played that way. He has been training for six or seven weeks since he came back from the loan. Yes, it’s been good,” Klopp said.
Last season, Liverpool loaned the 18-year-old midfielder to Blackburn Rovers and Klopp said the teenager’s time in the second tier of English football was crucial to his development. “He is a great talent,” Klopp told the BBC. “The step he took in the championship was huge. He can play two, three, four positions – he is a very smart footballer,” Klopp added.
Fulham said earlier this year, “Under the youth development rules, the PFCC has the task of assessing compensation due to a player leaving an academy at the end of their registration if the parties cannot agree on a number between them.”
“After a full hearing, the PFCC decided that Fulham should be entitled to adequate compensation. The (undeclared) prize is a record amount for a 16-year-old player and in these circumstances, Fulham is very satisfied and thanks to the PFCC for the test. Consider carefully the arguments I have made.”
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