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To Solve Liverpool Midfield Problem, Reds Boss Jurgen Klopp have identify a Midfielder like Andreas Iniesta

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Harvey Elliott has received excellent reviews for a very long time while being only 19 years old. Although he has long been widely known to Liverpool fans, it wasn’t until his incredibly successful loan season with Blackburn Rovers in 2020–21 that he gained greater recognition.

In Tony Mowbray’s 4-3-3 system, he was primarily deployed as the right-sided forward and was highly effective. Only two players of any age surpassed the 11 assists he racked up, while only one other teenager in the division scored more goals than his seven total. Elliott appeared to be in an ideal position to succeed Mohamed Salah in the long run.

or at least it appeared to be that way. Pep Lijnders’ perceptive new book reveals that Jurgen Klopp did not at all see his rising star in that way.

Who knows how many more chances he might have had there if he hadn’t sustained a catastrophic injury in the third of them, a 3-0 victory at Leeds United? Elliott only started three more games throughout the remainder of 2021–2022, but two of them were in the same spot. One of them happened during a Champions League semifinal encounter against Inter Milan, and it was a fantastic act of faith from Klopp.

Despite not having started a game yet this year, Liverpool’s number 19 will undoubtedly do so shortly after agreeing to a new long-term contract today. The Reds presently have more injured players than any other Premier League team, with midfielders accounting for half of their eight absentees.

To Solve Liverpool Midfield Problem, Reds Boss Jurgen Klopp have identify a Midfielder like Andreas Iniesta

While Thiago Alcantara, Curtis Jones, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are expected to miss longer stretches of time, Naby Keita should recover from his illness soon. With only Jordan Henderson and Fabinho ahead of them, these quintet played the third to sixth most minutes among Liverpool midfielders in the previous campaign. Until they come back, they will be missed.

The Echo’s post-game evaluations concurred with Lijnders’ opinion that “Harvey Elliott’s performance was a highlight.” He has certain characteristics of Andres Iniesta and thinks like a creative midfielder, but there is no such thing as like for like in football.

Talk about great praise, even though Jason McAteer used the same comparison the year before. Although Elliott’s data is scant, there are few cases that start to support the theory.

The peak years of Iniesta’s career came before the comprehensive information that is now easily accessible. He clearly had a bigger role in the buildup to moves than in the chance-creating pass, though. For instance, in 2017–18, his final season with Barcelona, he made 44 passes that led to shots but just 18 opportunities. So much of his best work was done on the pass before the pass, to put it another way.

At Fulham, Darwin Nunez scored his first Premier League goal with Salah’s help. Elliott had given the ball to the Egyptian, and the young man had played a wonderful first-time pass to set up his teammate in a clean area.

After the 2-2 draw, Rio Ferdinand remarked, “I felt his [Elliott’s] rotations with Salah and Trent on the right, I think – I hope – it’s something we see more of this season.”

We saw it happen against Burnley last season when Trent Alexander-Arnold was set up for a goal by Sadio Mane thanks to another Elliott pre-assist. With Pep Lijnders’ new Iniesta ready to play a crucial midfield position, it should happen again given the injury situation at Liverpool as it is.

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