Elliott backed to rejoin old club after Liverpool pictures emerge - Whelan

Noel Whelan has backed Liverpool teenager Harvey Elliott to rejoin Blackburn Rovers on loan next season.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds United and Middlesbrough striker is adamant the 18-year-old would benefit from another temporary spell away from Anfield given his age.

Elliott spent the entirety of the 2020-21 campaign on loan at Blackburn Rovers and became an integral part of Tony Mowbray’s side.

In his 41 Championship appearances he contributed an impressive seven goals and 11 assists which earned him a nomination for the EFL Young Player of the Season award.

The left-footed attacking midfielder has now returned to Liverpool and was pictured on his Instagram (via the Mirror) training at Kirkby this week.

When asked by Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs for his assessment of Elliott’s future, Whelan said: “I think he needs one more season out on loan.

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“Let’s remember that he is still just 18. I think he would benefit from another season of experience at Championship level. Put it this way, it won’t do him any harm at all.

“Let’s be honest, if he stays at Liverpool next season he will not get much game time with the first team. He is not going to be commanding a starting spot ahead of a Mane, a Salah, or a Jota.

“Another season out on loan could really help his progression. It would do him the world of good.

“When he is 19, that is when he should be pushing for the first team. That is when he can really challenge for a place in that squad.

“He has had an amazing season at Blackburn. Could he return there next year? I’m sure they would like to keep him. That could be the way forward.”

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