By Noel Whelan

16th Sep, 2021 | 8:30pm

Liverpool have 'ready-made' Elliott replacement in their ranks after confirmed news - Whelan

Liverpool will not need to enter the transfer market to replace the injured Harvey Elliott as they have enough “top” talent in their squad.

So says ex-Premier League forward Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the 18-year-old midfielder’s long-term layoff.

Liverpool confirmed on 14 September that Elliott had undergone successful surgery on the ankle injury he suffered in last Sunday’s 3-0 win over Leeds.

The club wrote that the rising star, who was enjoying a breakthrough campaign, is expected to return later this season.

And Whelan insists that Jurgen Klopp has enough talent at his disposal to survive without Elliott in the meantime.

“It’s unfortunate what happened to Harvey Elliot,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.

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“There was no malice or intent in the tackle. I’ve looked at it time after time. But I do believe that Liverpool will have enough to cope.

“They don’t have the injury crisis that they had last season. It’s a position where they have top, ready-made players that can come in and fill that void.

“I don’t think they need to go into the transfer market, but they are Liverpool and they didn’t do a great deal of business in the summer.

“So if someone becomes available in January who fits the bill, they might think about going into the market. But it is very difficult in January.

“No one wants to sell, and if they do, you end up paying over the odds. I think he has enough in that position.”

Liverpool have Fabinho, Curtis Jones, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, James Milner, Jordan Henderson, Thiago and Naby Keita on the books in midfield.

They will lose Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Keita when they travel to the Africa Cup of Nations in January next year.

In other news, pundit claims Liverpool could seal “huge” Jude Bellingham signing after reported update.