By Noel Whelan

15th Nov, 2022 | 1:46pm

Pundit in 'no doubt' about new Harvey Elliott role after what he's just seen at Liverpool - 'he's the one'

Noel Whelan has backed Harvey Elliott for an England call-up in early 2023 after impressing in the heart of the Liverpool midfield this term.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the 19-year-old has been “the bright light in a very glum season” for Jurgen Klopp’s side.

Elliott marked his 10th Premier League start of the season with a sumptuous assist for Darwin Nunez as Liverpool defeated Southampton 3-1 at Anfield on Saturday (12 November).

The former Fulham starlet has made three appearances for England’s Under-21 side but will be in contention for a call-up when the senior side start their Euro 2024 qualification campaign in March 2023.

Elliott has notched three goals and one assist in 22 outings for Liverpool this season – 14 have which have been as part of the starting lineup.

The midfielder made 11 appearances for the Reds last term – his breakthrough campaign at Anfield.

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Whelan hailed Elliott for “taking responsibility” in a dismal season so far for Liverpool.

He told Football Insider’s Ewan Kingsbury: “I’d be very surprised if he’s not called up after the World Cup.

“I think Gareth Southgate will recognise the talent Elliott has – we all do, whether we’re Liverpool fans or not.

“I’ve got admiration for such a talented player at such a young age.

“He takes responsibility, and he’s been the bright light in a very glum season for Liverpool so far.

“When they’re playing badly, he’s the one taking the bull by the horns.

“He’s got a great future in front of him, but also a very long international career ahead.

“I just think right now, for the World Cup, they needed a bit more experience.

“But there’s no doubt, there’ll be lots of England caps, World Cups and European Championships on the way for him.”

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