Harvey Elliott tipped for new Liverpool role to emulate Barcelona icons

Former Liverpool player Jason McAteer believes Harvey Elliott may end up playing in a more central position rather than on the wing as he looks to break into the first-team at Anfield.

The 17-year-old made the move to Merseyside from Fulham last summer and featured a number of times in the Carabao Cup and FA Cup last season.

Many are tipping him to feature more in the 2020-21 campaign, with manager Jurgen Klopp said to be hugely impressed by what he has seen from the youngster in training.

And speaking to Off The Ball, McAteer suggested he could be used in the centre of the midfield rather than out on the wing, which is where he has tended to feature up until now.

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"Obviously we have got Harvey Elliott – who is going to be an absolute superstar," he said.

"He's 17…what an attitude, what a player. He's playing wide at the minute but I can see him slotting into that midfield central area. Maybe as a Xavi or an Iniesta [type].

"If he develops the right way, he could be as good as one of those players. And that's saying something. This kid has got the lot."

McAteer clearly sees huge potential in the player, and also compared him to the likes of Michael Owen, Robbie Fowler and Wayne Rooney in terms of the possible impact he could soon have.

He added: "[Elliott] can play with both feet. He has got that ability to see things, to open things up, to play that little killer pass.

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"What I love about him is he never spends longer than four or five seconds on the ball. He knows what he is doing. He knows what he sees beforehand. His execution more often than not, is on point.

"They come around every once in a while. I had the privilege of playing with [Michael] Owen, the privilege of playing with [Robbie] Fowler. I saw [Wayne] Rooney at a young age being on Merseyside. I put him in that bracket. Absolutely."

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