By Noel Whelan

10th Aug, 2021 | 6:50pm

Whelan in awe of Liverpool 'new signing' after footage emerges of Elliott

Noel Whelan has heaped praise on Harvey Elliott after footage emerged of the Liverpool winger after a pre-season fixture against Athletic Bilbao.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds and Middlesbrough striker claimed the 18-year-old has been “like a new signing” for Jurgen Klopp’s side this summer.

As captured by Goal correspondent Neil Jones (August 8th), Elliott was the last player to leave the pitch after Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.

The attacking midfielder stayed back to applaud a 75 per cent capacity crowd at Anfield before handing his boots to a young supporter before heading down the tunnel.

Whelan said Elliott, who spent the 2020-21 campaign on loan at Blackburn Rovers, understands what it means to be a Red.

“Elliott has been like a new signing for Liverpool in pre-season,” he told Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs.

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“Talk about players you want to have at your club, he is one of them. He is a brilliant young player and a good human being.

“A player who loves his football and is showing great maturity at a young age.

“You are always representing your club and you can see with the way he plays and acts that he understands that. He understands what it means to be a Liverpool player.

“He is loving his life right now and fighting hard to be a part of the first team after a great spell on loan at Blackburn. Elliott is exactly the sort of player you need in and around the club.”

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