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PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! When Harvey Elliott joined Blackburn Rovers back in October, he had one very clear aim in mind. “The team have got off to a great start and hopefully we can reach the end goal by getting promoted to the Premier League,” he told the club shortly after signing on loan from Liverpool. “Rovers is my club, I need to work hard and I will be doing all I can to help us back to the Premier League.” Liverpool will have down their homework when allowing a player so young to depart on loan, taking into consideration Blackburn’s style of play under Tony Mowbray as well as simple geography. Afterall the teenager was already so dominant at Under-23s level for the Reds, if first team opportunities would be limited at Anfield after a summer exit for Xherdan Shaqiri didn’t materialise, it was only fair to allow the England youth international to test himself in the Championship. Read More Related Articles Jack Grealish comparison proves Liverpool have found their Mohamed Salah replacement Read More Related Articles 'F****** hell' - Blackburn star reveals conversation with ex-Liverpool scout about Harvey Elliott And that is exactly what he has done, scoring a respectable five goals and claiming a division second-best total of 10 assists from 35 Championship appearances (28 starts). A quick glance at such a return and you’d say mission accomplished, for Elliott at least. However, what wasn’t part of the plan was Rovers’ plummeting down the Championship table at an alarming rate, to the extent that being dragged into a last-gasp relegation fight is not inconceivable after their latest defeat - a 2-0 home loss to AFC Bournemouth. The last time the ECHO went to report on Elliott was back in January as Blackburn hosted Preston North End in a televised derby, knowing a victory would see them move to within three points of sixth-placed Bournemouth and the play-off places. They lost that game and now, after a run of just one victory from their last 14 matches, find themselves down in 17th as their season has swiftly fallen apart before their very eyes. Such a run makes one not feel so bad about Liverpool’s own collapse this year as Jurgen Klopp ’s side’s Premier League defence swiftly turned into an ambitious battle just to finish in the top four within a matter of weeks. Having been a member of a Reds’ side that conquered all that stood before them, if Elliott thought this was what life as a professional footballer would be like then he was very much mistaken, having now starred in the face of its true reality. But that is exactly why Liverpool sent him on loan to Blackburn. And will give him even more hunger to succeed back at his boyhood club, allowing him to appreciate the privilege of representing one of European football’s strongest sides. Must-read Liverpool FC news Martin Odegaard fume Fabinho forces transfer issue Liverpool's awkward Real Madrid bid Klopp's major Jota decision What makes Rovers’ 2021 plight even more befuddling is their sudden lack of goals. Their total of 50 is comfortably the highest in the bottom half of the Championship table, and even rivals some of the teams in the promotion hunt. Yet despite such a return, with Elliott’s assist totals and Adam Armstrong the third-highest scorer in the division with 19 goals, Mowbray’s side have scored just nine during this horrific run, failing to score in five of their last eight and boasting only two goals from their last six games. In truth they rarely looked like scoring again against Bournemouth, even when awarded a stoppage-time penalty with Asmir Begovic typically saved. Elliott was his side’s brightest spark on a frustrating day but it was one he found rather challenging. With former Liverpool target Lloyd Kelly towering over him at left-back, he often found himself outmuscled by the defender with the winger not quite boasting the pace to get around him. But when he had time on the ball, he looked deadly even if the final pass was lacking at times. Showcasing neat touches and flicks, everything was done with a purpose as Elliott tried to turn the tide in his side’s favour. Harvey Elliott of Blackburn Rovers controls the ball from Jefferson Lerma of Bournemouth during the Sky Bet Championship match between Blackburn Rovers and AFC Bournemouth at Ewood Park But despite constant encouragement from his manager on the sidelines, he couldn’t quite unlock the door. For every smart pass, there was a misplaced one with overhit passes to the well-placed Armstrong and Ryan Nyambe in particular proving costly. Yet he was involved in the majority of Bournemouth’s best chances, with his position on the edge of the box from set-pieces providing him with a repeated sight at goal. However, a first effort was bent narrowly wide before Begovic punched another away theatrically with his third shot on goal a mishit effort that was inadvertently blocked. Ironically, such a trait has been what Liverpool have missed most in recent weeks when battling their own decline.
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. At least it is still present in the fearless youth of Elliott. And while some of his passing might have been wayward, it was his pinpoint deep cross to substitute Sam Gallagher that created Blackburn’s most eye-catching opening, with Armstrong’s strike from the resulting knockdown deflected wide. Having only turned 18 on Sunday, it is important to remember Elliott is still very much a kid with plenty to learn and should not be a surprise that the 5ft 7 wideman struggled to impose himself at times against a side featuring the intimidating presence of Kelly, £25m record signing Jefferson Lerma, goalscorer Phillip Billing and former Red Dominic Solanke to name but a few. Perhaps the one-time England international can even act as an inspiration to Elliott. Do you think Harvey Elliott should be a part of Jurgen Klopp's first team squad next season? Let us know in the comments section below... Now 23, the striker was the last first team player Liverpool signed for a fee set by a tribunal prior to the winger, and for much of his youth was so highly-rated. Yet despite making 27 appearances for the Reds and even sitting on the bench for a Champions League final, Solanke scored just once before making a £19m move to Bournemouth, and was then unable to keep them up in his first full season at the Vitality as he scored just three Premier League goals. Enjoying better fortunes in the Championship, he is the Cherries’ leading goalscorer with 12 goals this season but endured a quiet outing against a struggling Blackburn. It doesn’t matter your name or the hype if you are unable to build on early potential. When blowing out his birthday cake candles, Elliott would no doubt have wished to establish himself as a Liverpool first team player next season. And while he was unable to celebrate his special day with a win, a goal or even another assist, he did add an unwanted card to his collection. With frustrations understandably boiling over after Arnaut Groeneveld doubled his side’s lead, the 18-year-old picked up a booking for raising his hands to Ben Pearson and pushing the midfield to the ground. The former Manchester United youngster admittedly made the most of it, but on another day Elliott could have seen red.
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Unwilling to gamble on his wideman’s mentality after that sign of hotheadedness, Mowbray withdrew the winger as part of a treble substitution moments later with former Red Stewart Downing coming on in his place. Elliott’s talent is unquestioned. It’s why he’s the Premier League’s youngest ever player and why Liverpool could part with £4.3m having signed him from Fulham. But maybe it is too early to get fully caught up in the hype. Afterall, while he boasts five goals and 10 assists, fellow Reds loanees Harry Wilson (four goals and nine assists) and Sheyi Ojo’s (five goals and seven assists) own returns aren’t too dissimilar. But the aforementioned duo are arguably at the end of their Liverpool journeys, aged 24 and 23 respectively, with their latest loans a final step before looking to find a permanent home this summer. In contrast, time is very much on Elliott’s side. He might be an adult but he still has plenty to learn to stand a chance of making the grade at Anfield. Fortunately in Klopp and Liverpool, he very much has the right manager at the right club to give him the best tools to make his boyhood dreams a reality.
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