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Liverpool assistant Pep Lijnders reveals how Harvey Elliott surprised him during training

Harvey Elliott has made a good impression since joining Liverpool from Fulham in the summer (Picture: Getty)

Liverpools assistant manager Pep Lijnders has admitted that Harvey Elliott surprised him by saying that the 16-year-old plays with the maturity of someone much older.

Elliott is regarded as one of English footballs brightest young talents and Liverpool had to beat competition from PSG and Real Madrid, amongst others, to sign him from Fulham this summer.

Despite only turning 16 in April, Elliott has been integrated into Liverpools first-team squad already and is being tipped to make his debut in their Carabao Cup clash against MK Dons on Wednesday.

Although Lijnders looked to avoid putting any pressure on the youngster he admitted that he was impressed with how quickly Elliott adapted to Jurgen Klopps rigorous training methods.

Harvey Elliott, Curtis Jones, Virgil Van Dijk, Dejan Lovren and Mohamed Salah train for Liverpool
Harvey Elliott has trained with Liverpools first-team squad this season (Picture: Getty)

What a surprise he was when he came for the first sessions, said Lijnders, ahead of the MK Dons game.

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Some players, they play as if they are already say 28 or 29, hes a player who sees so much around him before things happen.

Its not easy to step into our training because if you want to play high-intensity football, you have to train high-intensity football.

Its not easy to come in and then have control and find combinations etc. And he showed this from the first sessions. He is a talented boy.

I dont want to put him under more pressure, but were really happy he is with us.

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Elliott became the youngest-ever Premier League debutant when he featured for Fulham against Wolves in May and he also played in their final game of the season against Newcastle United.

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