Harvey Elliott reveals he was released from Premier League heavyweights for being “too small”

Harvey Elliott has revealed that a Premier League giant released him from their academy as he was deemed “too small” by the club.

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Harvey Elliott has been a Liverpool stalwart ever since his move from Fulham back in 2019.

The midfielder has been a highly regarded prospect for some time now and has been among teh Reds’ most consistent players.

This season alone the 21-year-old has played a total of 51 games, which, for a player of his age, is quite remarkable.

Granted, only 25 have come as starts, however, this is something that Jurgen Klopp himself has said he “regrets.”

If I regret something a little bit,” said Klopp via BBC Sport. “It is that Harvey did not play more, maybe.”

Although this term the youngster has played an important role in the German’s team, there have been times where the former Fulham man has been left out.

Despite this, Elliott has managed to keep his head down and ensure that, when he is eventually called upon, he performs to his best.

This was even shown in the Reds’ last game against Tottenham Hotspur where he managed to smash a goal into the top corner.

This shot on Sunday is just an example of what Elliott can do if he is given the right service and finds himself in a shooting position.

Not only this, his range of passing as well as his versatility are also key reasons behind why the youngster is key to Liverpool’s future.

The Premier League giants which released Harvey Elliott

Speaking on The Reds Roundtable on Friday, Elliott gave an insight into his career before he joined Fulham’s academy.

Prior to joining the Cottagers, he was a part of Chelsea’s academy who eventually ended up releasing him as he was “too small.”

I was at Chelsea as a kid. They released me for being too small,” he said.

I was just playing with my friends for a year, Sunday league. Until 11-12. I was at Fulham as a pre academy thing. I didn’t really enjoy it but Fulham contacted my father.

I was there from 13, then up until 16 when I left.”

Chelsea’s academy have produced an array of talent for many years now and they’re showing no signs of slowing down.

The likes of Omari Hutchinson and Reece James are just a couple of examples of stellar talent which they have helped refine.

So, it comes as no surprise that the West London club once had Elliott on their books.

However, their loss has certainly been the Reds’ gain as they seemingly have a player to build around for many seasons to come.

Once Klopp has left Anfield come the end of the season, it will be interesting to see how the next Liverpool manager will handle Elliott’s progression.

As has been shown this season, there have been many times where the youngster has outshone the likes of Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai despite the duo being Klopp’s first choices.

However, only time will tell what happens to Elliott and whether or not he can guarantee a role in the Reds’ starting 11 remains a question yet to be answered.

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