Liverpool loanee Harvey Elliott is in superb form and will be “pushing for a start” when he returns to the club.

That is according to former Premier League star Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after Liverpool’s 4-1 demolition at the hands of Manchester City on Sunday evening.

Elliott, who doesn’t turn 18 until April, is tied with Reading’s Michael Olise as the Championship’s joint-top creator with eight assists in Blackburn Rovers colours this season as well as four goals in the competition.

Football Insider revealed last week how Blackburn players and coaches have been blown away by the impact made by Elliott.

One senior player told Football Insider that Elliott is “the best 17-year-old I’ve ever seen”, and tipped him to have an “unreal career” at the top level.

The plight of the “main stars” in the Anfield humbling and in recent weeks highlights the fact that the youngster will be a fine asset for Jurgen Klopp, says Whelan.

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“It’s exciting,” he told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.

“We’ve seen glimpses when he was at Liverpool in the cup competitions, and what a player…

“This is only enhancing his progression and his game, playing for Blackburn. He’s at a really young age but I don’t think age should make any difference. If you’re good enough, you play.

“But it’s nice to see a player going out on loan from a big club like Liverpool and not go through the motions. He’s really taken everything in his stride, he’s taken responsibility on his shoulders.

“Right now, you look at the way Liverpool’s season’s going and look at the performances from some of their main stars and you have to say if he keeps going then he’s pushing for a start.”

Elliott has played 22 times for Tony Mowbray’s side in the second-tier in 2020-21 and though generally fielded on the right of a front-three, he has also been deployed as a left-winger and centre-forward.

The youngster began his career with Fulham, becoming the youngest player ever to play in the Premier League (16 years 30 days) before joining Liverpool in July 2019.

In other news, a former Premier League star has hailed Liverpool’s “brilliant” new 16-year-old signing.