Liverpool wonderkid Harvey Elliott has declared he wants to work to break into Jurgen Klopp’s first team squad after signing a new long-term contract at Anfield.
Elliott is considered one of the next big things on Merseyside, having signed from Fulham just a few months after his 16th birthday.
He spent last year out on loan at Blackburn Rovers in the Championship and made a good impression, with many believing the 18-year-old is ready for a step up.
However, he has now signed a lengthy new contract to keep him at Anfield for the foreseeable future.
And after signing his new contract, Elliott vowed to Klopp that he will put in the work this summer to prove he is worthy of a place in the senior side.
“I think that’s got to be everyone’s aim: to get in the team. To get in and around it at least,” he added.
“It’s not going to come easily; there’s a great bunch of boys here and great talent.
“But it’s down to me to work hard. I believe in myself that I can do it.
“I just want to be around the team, support everyone and be there if needed.
“Ever since I first walked through the door they [the coaching staff] have showed [faith].
“They show it with every single player; they always have faith in you.
“They’re always giving you 100 per cent on the training pitch and off the training pitch, always wanting you to be the best possible person and player.
“I feel like there’s a lot of faith in me. But it’s just down to me to go and show it and prove them right.”
Elliott will now join up with the Reds side for the upcoming pre-season tour of Austria with the hope of impressing the management.
The youngster can play either as a winger or through the middle behind a central striker, and could provide valuable backup next season.
Xherdan Shaqiri has been tipped to move on from Liverpool this summer, and his departure would likely lead to a spot in the side for Elliott.