Liverpool starlet Harvey Elliott will expect to get a significant number of minutes in the coming season, with his loan spell at Blackburn having proven fruitful.

Still only 18, Elliott is not expected to move out on loan again, and will almost certainly be a part of Jurgen Klopp's plans for the new campaign.

Primarily in his career so far, Elliott has played wide on the right-hand side, but the first appearance he made in pre-season saw him move across into the centre of midfield - something that could also be a position for him to excel in.

"He played once or twice as an eight at Blackburn in a 4-3-3," said David Hughes on the Analysing Anfield podcast.

"The thing that stands out to me - and it is changing a bit with Thiago coming in and structure of the team - the midfield has not in recent years been a place where Elliott could express himself.

"You have to be sensible in possession, retaining it, and that is not really what you want - you see Elliott as an exciting dribbler who makes things happen in the final third.

"For that reason, I would still prefer to see him higher up the pitch and influencing things up there, but it is a testament to his versatility that he could do a job there."

"If there is a lot of speed and movement ahead of him - Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane darting in behind, for example - he would really benefit from being able to find them," added Josh Williams.

"He would find them - he is good enough - and that would generate space for him to use as well.

"He would play as a kind of James Maddison type of number eight from when Brendan Rodgers first took over at Leicester - almost a number eight slash number 10 hybrid, like a Mason Mount.

"Liverpool are lacking that type of player who can play both number eight and number 10 and I used Kevin de Bruyne and Mount as examples in the transfer podcast that we did a few weeks ago.

"Elliott didn't strike me as that type, but when you think of the runners in front of him, it is thought-provoking."

Physically, right now, playing in midfield in the Premier League and the Champions League might be a worry.

Equally, Elliott is not the quickest of players so that might not lend itself to playing wide, with pros and cons to both positions.

It must also be pointed out that Elliott is certainly young enough that both of those things could still change as he develops further physically in the next couple of seasons.

For now, though, with Salah to compete with for minutes in his usual berth, midfield might provide a useful alternative as he shapes his game at Anfield - and it is certainly a position he can thrive in long-term.

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