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Kevin Phillips has claimed it is “huge” for Liverpool teenager Harvey Elliott to sign his first professional contract at the club.

The former England international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, said that the 17-year-old was only going to get better and better under the coaching of Jurgen Klopp.

The club confirmed that the attacker had put pen to paper on his first professional contract on Monday following an impressive debut season at Anfield.

He joins 19-year-old Curtis Jones in committing his long-term future to the club after the midfielder marked his new contract with a goal against Aston Villa on Sunday.

Phillips hailed the club’s academy after the double deal.

“It is huge for the player to be tied down to a long-term contract at one of the biggest clubs in Europe,” he told Football Insider.

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“Jones signed a deal as well so these exciting young players getting new deals is credit to the work that the academy is doing there. They obviously have an eye for talent.

“Under Jurgen Klopp they are only going to develop and get better.

“Fantastic for the club and exciting for the future of Liverpool.”

Elliott told the club’s website: “I think since the first day I’ve walked in, it’s been an indescribable journey so far.

“I think now to top it off with my first professional contract is a dream come true for me and my family.”

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