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Harvey Elliott namechecks five Liverpool players who "push" him to get better

Liverpool's teenage attacking midfielder Harvey Elliott has named five senior players in the first-team who he feels have guided him and helped him improve this season.

The 17-year-old joined the Reds from Fulham last summer and has been given a few opportunities to show what he can do by Jurgen Klopp.

He has come off the bench twice in the Premier League and also played the full 90 minutes in three Carabao Cup games and one FA Cup tie.

He is expected to have a bigger part to play in the 2020-21 campaign, and speaking to The Athletic he said he feels particularly grateful towards Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Adam Lallana, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah for the way they have mentored him this season.

“All us youngsters can learn so much from the likes of Millie (Milner) and Hendo (Henderson); two experienced pros who always give 100 per cent every single day," Elliott said.

"They don’t drink and they’re always professional with how they lead their lives. You can see that in the great shape they’re in.

“They don’t just want to be the best they possibly can be themselves but they also want to get the best out of everyone around them. Every day, I learn something new.

“Adam Lallana helped me a lot and it was a shame to see him go. I’m usually in the gym at the same time as Sadio and Mo, and they give me a lot of advice.

“If I’m doing a particular weight and it’s looking too easy, then Sadio or Mo will be over to push me with a different weight to make it harder. If I’m doing exercises with the band, they’ll be over to make sure my body is in the right position.”

Elliott could well be involved in Liverpool's Community Shield game against Arsenal next month, with both managers reportedly considering rotating their line-up to allow the more senior players more time off, and he will be desperate to seize the chance to impress at Wembley.

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