The former Everton midfielder who “really rates” Liverpool’s Harvey Elliott and can’t wait to work together

The 18-year-old has made an excellent start to the season at Anfield.

England under-21s boss Lee Carsley revealed that he "really rates" Harvey Elliott and is relishing working with the Liverpool youngster.

The teenager enjoyed a scintillating loan spell with Blackburn in the Championship last season, scoring 18 goals in 43 appearances.

In the Young Lions’ plans

That provided him with the platform to thrust himself into Jurgen Klopp's plans at Anfield.

Elliott has started two of the Reds' opening three Premier League matches this campaign, particularly impressing in the 2-0 win over Burnley.

Despite only being 18, Elliott was handed a maiden call-up to the under-21s set-up during the current international break.

However, he was forced to return to Liverpool early after suffering an injury ahead of Tuesday night's 2-0 victory against Kosovo.

Former Everton midfielder Carsley, who was appointed Young Lions head coach last month, has been a long-time admirer of Elliott and is excited about his potential.

Harvey Elliott in action for Liverpool against Burnley. Picture: Catherine Ivill/Getty ImagesHarvey Elliott in action for Liverpool against Burnley. Picture: Catherine Ivill/Getty Images
Harvey Elliott in action for Liverpool against Burnley. Picture: Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

Speaking ahead of the Kosovo game, Carsley said: “He was definitely in our plans. I think the way he's started off at Liverpool this season, and watching him at Blackburn and playing for the younger [England] age groups, he's a player we really rate as staff and an organisation.

“He is a player that we really rate and a player we are really looking forward to working with.

“But I am sure he will continue his development like he is doing at Liverpool.

“Hopefully, we will see him next month [for the next international break].”

Leeds involvement in doubt

Liverpool now wait on news whether Elliott will be fit for the trip to Leeds United on Sunday (16.30 BST).

If available, he will be contention to feature from the outset again.

The Reds could also be without Takumi Minamino, who's sustained a setback while on duty for Japan.