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Harvey Elliott could answer £80m transfer question and justify Liverpool approach – Liverpool Echo

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For a club like Liverpool. the transfer market can be a bit like spinning plates.

On the go is the desire to bolster the squad for the here and now with fresh faces or plug gaps left by departed players. Simultaneous is the realisation some personnel need to be moved on at the best price.

And all the while the search continues for young hopefuls that may one day blossom into first-team contenders.

There comes a point, though, where those fledgling talents are given the opportunity to prove correct the Reds’ long-term vision and save the club millions in the process.

Liverpool will hope Harvey Elliott is approaching such a juncture.

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The 18-year-old caused a stir during his season-long loan spell at Championship side Blackburn Rovers, scoring seven goals in 42 appearances while his total of 11 assists was bettered by only two players in the division.

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Elliott has already signalled his intention to battle for a place in the Liverpool first-team squad next term, with Reds boss Jurgen Klopp preparing to run the rule over the youngster during pre-season.

And he will hope the winger underlines why the Anfield side were wise with their move to take the player from Fulham back in July 2019.

A tribunal later determined Liverpool would pay a guaranteed £1.7million to the Londoners, which could rise to £4.3m on appearances and an England cap. Already that fee seems a steal.

No two players are the same and while Elliott has demonstrated he can handle increasing pressure and expectation, there is no desire to place any extra burden on the youngster’s shoulders.

But there is a comparison of sorts to be made with Jadon Sancho.

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Borussia Dortmund knew of the player’s undoubted potential when they snapped him up for £8million from Manchester City when aged just 17 in August 2017.

By the end of the season, he was in Dortmund’s senior side. Within 18 months, Sancho had earned an England cap.

There was no guarantee Sancho would adapt and develop, but Dortmund are reaping the benefits of their foresight. Now the player is valued at around £80m, with Manchester United keen to swoop.

Liverpool are unlikely to splash out anything like that amount on a single player this summer. And while they are in the market for forward reinforcement, a further option may come from within in the shape of Elliott’s continued improvement.

The long-term approach could now be about to start paying off the Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards and his recruitment team.

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