Rio Ferdinand praises Liverpool starlet Harvey Elliott for his ‘nice arrogance’

Rio Ferdinand has praised Liverpool starlet Harvey Elliott for his “nice arrogance” with the midfielder impressing during the Merseyside derby.

Liverpool made the short trip to Goodison Park to face bitter rivals Everton on Saturday afternoon. And starting in midfield was 19-year-old Elliott, who has made six appearances for the Reds in the league already this season.

With Elliott earning Jurgen Klopp’s trust more and more by the week, the English playmaker has received plenty of praise for his maturity in stepping up and earning a place in Liverpool’s midfield. That has already led to talk of him being selected for the Qatar World Cup later this year.

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When asked pre-game if the teenager could be in with an “outside chance” of being picked by England manager Gareth Southgate, pundit Rio Ferdinand tipped him for big things.

The Manchester United legend told BT Sport: “I think he could be but as a kid, a young player you have to take that out of the equation. You have to play well for your club, the other stuff will take care of itself.

“What I will say about him is there’s a nice arrogance about him, all the good players have that, he has that, he feels he should be playing. He’s a big Liverpool fan, he and his family have followed them for years.

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“This kid I don’t think he’ll sit there thinking ‘oh, I’m surprised I’m playing’ I think he’s sitting there going ‘I expect to play’. I think a bit more output in terms of goals and assists and he’ll be on his way. A tremendous talent.”

Elliott scored his first goal for his boyhood club in last month’s 9-0 demolition of Bournemouth. His long-ranged strike clearly meant a lot as the youngster sank to his knees and emotionally pointed to the sky in honour of his nan passing away.

He will hope for more goal involvements in the coming months as he looks to earn a ticket to Qatar. Though he has a big task ahead of him with manager Southgate already having the likes of Jack Grealish, Phil Foden and Mason Mount to pick from in similar areas of the pitch.


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