Harvey Elliott set for his Anfield debut in Liverpool’s Carabao Cup tie against Arsenal after returning from 14-day ban for video imitating Harry Kane
- Harvey Elliott is primed to make his first Anfield appearance against Arsenal
- The Liverpool youngster has returned from a 14-day ban imposed by the FA
- He was found to have mocked England captain Harry Kane in a Snapchat video
- Jurgen Klopp is expected to make a number of changes against the Gunners
Harvey Elliott is primed to make his first Anfield appearance after showing Liverpool’s management team he has learnt from the first harsh lesson of his career.
The 16-year-old has just served a two-week domestic suspension, which was handed to him by the Football Association after he was found to have mocked England captain Harry Kane in a video posted on Snapchat. The incident happened in June while he was still a Fulham player.
Liverpool have educated Elliott as to the dangers of using social media in the wrong way and he has also received the counsel of club captain Jordan Henderson; it has been a difficult experience for the young forward to be thrown into the spotlight but the club are confident it has not left a mark.
Harvey Elliott is primed to make his first Anfield appearance against Arsenal on Wednesday
Elliott (pictured) was banned for 14 days, fined £350 and had to attend an FA education course
Elliott became the youngest player – at 16 years and 174 days – to start a competitive game for Liverpool when he made his debut in the Carabao Cup third round tie at MK Dons and Jurgen Klopp is now ready to unleash him against Arsenal.
‘Harvey is ready,’ said Klopp’s assistant Pep Lijnders. ‘Our club made a statement (when he was suspended). We can’t forget that he is only 16, of course. We have to be careful. But since I have been working with him, I see a very educated boy. I see a boy who is really passionate for the game.
‘If you come here, and you see Milly, Hendo, Lallana, Gini, Virg, Bobby. All examples in different ways. Players who never whine. Players who never complain or make excuses. In the hardest moments, they never give up – and they never give up our way.
‘They always put the team above themselves. For a young player, you could not wish to have a better environment to grow. That makes us from a good team to a successful team. Harvey is a player who has super play between the lines and can create. You see something special in him.’
Manager Jurgen Klopp is expected to make a number of changes for the Carabao Cup tie
It is likely Klopp will make 11 changes to the side that beat Tottenham on Sunday but he will not be able to use either Joel Matip (knee) or Xherdhan Shaqiri (calf) – those players are not expected to be back until after the November international break.
Should Liverpool beat Arsenal, they would create problems for themselves and the fixture planners, as they will be playing in the Club World Cup in December during the week the Carabao Cup quarter-finals are scheduled. Lijnders, however, is adamant it is a problem Liverpool want.
‘We want to attack this competition,’ said Lijnders. ‘We are one game away from being in the last eight. We have some special talent, so it would not be intelligent if we didn’t use them.’