Klopp explains why Liverpool are excited about Elliott’s first professional deal

Jurgen Klopp has no doubt that Harvey Elliott will become an integral member his Liverpool squad after the youngster signed his first professional contract at Anfield.

Elliott, who arrived from Fulham last summer, had been eligible for the new deal since turning 17 in April.

Liverpool have yet to confirm the length of the deal but the playmaker is highly rated by the Reds and has already made eight senior appearances in all competitions this season.

And Reds boss Klopp is delighted that the England youth international has put pen to paper.

“Brilliant news – really happy,” the boss told Liverpoolfc.com.

“Harvey is such an exciting prospect. We all know his qualities – we have seen them this season in the first team and U23s.

“I love his attitude – love his enthusiasm – love his bravery – love the fact he has the right amount of football confidence and cheekiness.

“I think the public maybe doesn’t know the real Harvey yet and part of that is because we have looked to shield and protect him.

“But he is such a nice, polite, humble boy – who is appreciative of the talent and opportunity he has – and just loves football. He loves the game first and foremost, would play every minute of every day if he could – and he loves this club also and that’s a nice mixture."

Klopp also outlined his long-term plan for Elliott and insisted the youngster's development will not be rushed.

The boss added: “What is critical – so important – is that he is given time and space to develop. He will get that from us. He needs to be allowed to make mistakes while he learns and not feel more pressure than is right and fair.

“He is young and he is in the early stages of his development still.

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“What is great is that he has the perfect culture here and we will protect him. The senior players and the coaches really care about him and are as excited as I am about his future. So, we will all be part of his story as it unfolds.

“He wants to achieve all his football dreams at LFC. Brilliant. Because of his commitment to us, with this contract, we have a chance to see if we can achieve this together.

“We now have shared responsibility. He must remain committed to learning and improvement and we must ensure he has the opportunity to do that.”

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