Klopp praises Liverpool starlet amid £7m ‘impasse’ claims

Jurgen Klopp paid tribute to Liverpool debutant Harvey Elliott – then discovered he might cost £7m.

Liverpool handed competitive debuts to three players for their Carabao Cup win over MK Dons, with Caoimhin Kelleher, Elliott and Rhian Brewster all given opportunities.

Kelleher impressed with an unbelievable late save to keep his clean sheet, while Brewster led the line dutifully.

Elliott perhaps shone the most, hitting the crossbar twice and becoming the youngest player to start a competitive match for the Reds.

It emerged soon after the 2-0 win that Fulham want £7m in compensation for the 16-year-old, who left Craven Cottage in July upon the expiration of his contract.

The Times report an ‘impasse between the clubs over his value,’ and that ‘no talks are taking place’ to find an agreement.

‘Fulham believe Elliott is one of the brightest talents to emerge in recent seasons and have noted Liverpool’s sale of Ryan Kent to Glasgow Rangers last month for an initial fee of £6.5 million, plus £1 million in add-ons,’ Joyce writes, adding that ‘costs relating to the time Elliott spent at Fulham’s academy having moved there from Queens Park Rangers, including education and welfare requirements, can be included in determining the level of compensation’.

As the situation lingers, Klopp took time to hail the teenager.

“16 years old still and this kind of football is good, really good for us,” he told Liverpoolfc.com.

“Brilliant boy, takes the situation really well, wants to learn. Tonight, he will always be a special player for moments, but his overall performance when you see him defending, when you see his movements are so smart, it’s not easy to outplay him.

“That’s really, really good and his left foot is not too bad. A bit unlucky, otherwise he would have scored.

“Good player. They are all good, we don’t have bad young players, to be honest. They are all really skilled, so that’s why it’s so important we can give them these matches. We will try to continue like this. We will see.”

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