Departing Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp looks back at not giving enough time to youngster

Liverpool Manager Jurgen Klopp said in the pre-match press conference that he has a regret of not giving enough game time to youngster during his tenure.

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Jurgen Klopp is getting ready for his final games as Liverpool manager before leaving Anfield this summer, and he believes he could have utilised Harvey Elliott more effectively this season. Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool's manager, confesses one of his disappointments was that Harvey Elliott was not given more game time.

 

Since his debut in 2019, the 21-year-old has appeared in 117 appearances, over half of which have come off the bench, and his 51 outings this season are the highest during a single season as he has produced a more significant contribution in midfield. Elliott's recent performances demonstrated him at his best, and Jurgen Klopp, who is leaving the team following the final two matches of the season, expressed regret for not playing him more.

The former Borussia Dortmund manager said, “It’s not like I go back and think ‘Where did we go wrong here and there?’ but if I regret one thing a little bit it’s that Harvey didn’t play often enough maybe. In a very important and intense period in January when we had a lot of injuries, he played really good, probably our best player whether it was right wing or right midfield, all these kind of things. (Then) everybody came back and he had a few minutes here and there and didn’t start any more and then came on and made a big impact.It’s really nice that he could show that.”

“He has everything you need” : Jurgen Klopp 

Jurgen Klopp was asked if Elliott's late-season brilliance might result in a potential England call-up to play in the Euros, given his performance for the under-21 team over the past year.

The Liverpool Manager added, “If it would help Harvey whatever I say then I would say it,” he added. “But you just start a discussion in public and, even though he has done nothing wrong, some people will find a reason why Harvey Elliott shouldn’t be there. The boy (then) reads it and he feels bad. If somebody wants to pick him then he has everything you need. You can pack a suitcase in an instant. It’s not a problem but I will not be part of that discussion.”

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