Paul Robinson suggested Harvey Elliott is the best 17-year-old in world football as the youngster prepares to commit his long-term future to Liverpool.
The former Spurs and Leeds keeper, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, tipped the teenager to have an illustrious career having already shown his capabilities at first-team level.
As revealed by Football Insider, the attacking talent is close to signing a new contract on Merseyside after a breakthrough was made and terms were agreed.
An official announcement is expected to be made in the coming months.
Elliott is in Jurgen Klopp’s plans for next season and subsequently, the Reds will snub any approaches from club’s looking to take the youngster on loan.
When asked by Football Insider if there is currently a better 17-year-old in world football, Robinson said: “If there is I have not seen them.
“When he has come into the team he has done outstandingly well. At 17 he looks comfortable and capable. He is going to have a very long and profitable career.
“To come into the Liverpool squad is not easy. Look at the quality of player they have got.
“They are European champions and probably Premier League champions so the pull to come to Liverpool has never been higher. They can pull in the world’s best talent if they wanted to but the fact that they have given him a new contract shows you what they think of him.
“A quality player. I rate him. He is going to be around for a long, long time at the top level and at Liverpool if he wants to be.”
Elliott, who celebrated his birthday earlier this month, arrived from Fulham last July.
The winger has hugely impressed in his first season at Anfield, making seven first-team appearances.
In other Liverpool news, Kevin Phillips has tipped 26-year-old to replace Adrian at Anfield next season.