Liverpool starlet Elliott speaks on Champions League ‘dream’ – player ‘focused and ready’ for final

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Liverpool starlet Elliott Credit: PA Images
Liverpool starlet Elliott Credit: PA Images

Liverpool starlet Harvey Elliott is keen to soak up the occasion whether he features or not in the Champions League final on Saturday against Real Madrid.

The midfielder will be hoping to be on the bench at least this weekend for the final at the Stade de France in Paris.

This would underscore an impressive rise for the 19-year-old. The boyhood Liverpool fan was in the stands as they lost to Real Madrid in the final of the competition in 2018.

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“I am still supporting the team as a fan but to be able to say I’m going to be there as a player is a dream in itself,” Elliott said. “It is just going to be crazy.

“I don’t know how it is going to feel because I’ve never experienced it before as a player, there are going to be so many emotions going through me.

“I’m just going to need to put them aside and concentrate on the game. There is going to be that excitement but I’m just waiting if called upon, making sure I’m focused and ready.”

Elliott, one of the Merseysiders’ most promising youngsters, had looked set to enjoy a major breakthrough season in Jurgen Klopp’s side until suffering a serious ankle injury in September.

Elliott impressed on loan at Championship Blackburn and maintained the momentum as he featured in the first four Premier League games of the season.

His setback came after a challenge from Leeds’ Pascal Struijk at Elland Road and by the time he returned to action in February, the side were in the thick of a quadruple challenge.

He has since largely had to settle for substitute appearances but one of them was in the Carabao Cup final win and there was a notable start against Inter Milan in the San Siro.

“The experiences keep coming,” said Elliott. “To be able to say I’ve played and even been in matchday squads has been one of many of my dreams playing for Liverpool.

“I don’t think I’ve played as much as I’ve wanted to since I’ve been back but hopefully there’s many more years to come of me playing football.

“Hopefully we can top this season off and get one last bit of silverware. To win the trophy alone, let alone in my breakthrough season, would be a dream.”

 

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