Harvey Elliott: The unexpected workhorse amidst a Quadruple chase

The 20-year old Englishman has become a vital cog in the Liverpool machine.

AC Sparta Praha v Liverpool FC: Round of 16 First Leg - UEFA Europa League 2023/24
AC Sparta Praha v Liverpool FC: Round of 16 First Leg - UEFA Europa League 2023/24 / MB Media/GettyImages

Liverpool have a plethora of stars and young budding talents up and down the squad. They have all been called upon during this special season that has also had its fair share of challenges to overcome, namely an unprecedented rash of injuries.

While this has meant that almost every key player for Jurgen Klopp has missed time at some point during the season, "Klopp's Kids" as we have come to know them, have been asked to step up to levels they would not have expected this early.

However, during this trying period, there has been a player that has been one of the few constants. That man is Harvey Elliott. His importance has been amplified in recent weeks.

It feels as if Elliott gets overlooked on many occasions because he does not have the starpower of a Salah or van Dijk. Conor Bradley and Jarell Quansah are the new hot prospects that have won the affection of the Kop faithful.

Yet, it has been Elliott and his seemingly boundless energy that has been there through it all this season. He has made 39 appearances which is second to only Cody Gakpo and Darwin Nunez who each sit at 40.

A closer look at recent trends, and you will see a story that paints Elliott in a new light. He is the only Liverpool player to play in every minute of their 7 Europa League matches.

A look at his last 5 matches should be mightily impressive:

Feb 28 - 120 minutes in the League Cup Final

Feb 25 - 77 minutes FA Cup win over Southampton

Mar 2 - 75 minutes in Premier League win over Forest

Mar 7 - 90 minutes in Europa League win over Sparta Prague

Mar 10 - 90 minutes in Premier League draw with Manchester City

That is five matches across four different competitions in 12 days that he has played heavy minutes. That is is actually unheard of in this era of body conservation and medical science.

Yet, it isn't just that he is playing, but he's making an impact in some capacity in every match. His positional versatility has seen him play in midfield as well as playing as an attacking winger. Regardless of where he starts a match, you can guarantee Elliott will be popping up all over the pitch.

There are few players that wear their hearts and emotions on their sleeves and Harvey is one of those. His love for the club is so evident that his energy and desire becomes infectious for fans and players alike.

On the ball, he is always trying to drive Liverpool forward whether it's with progressive carries, attempted through balls or long range shots, he wants to make something happen.

However, his defensive qualities have improved dramatically over the months. His awareness to track back and get stuck in to a tackle has skyrocketed.

He has become a more than reliable option for Klopp to call upon in any circumstance and there will be no doubt the effort and quality you will receive from the lad the moment he steps on the pitch. It's not unlike a former diverse piece at Liverpool, Dirk Kuyt.

The similarities are there in the positional flexibility, unlimited stamina and an unmatched drive for the sport and club.

While Kuyt scored more goals, big ones at that, he did not have the talent of dropping nearly as deep as Elliott can to create moves and end an opponents chance. If Elliott keeps this trajectory and can have a Reds career that rivals that of Dirk, it will be a huge win for everyone involved.

Harvey Elliott has the passion to do the dirty things that some players might shy away from. Yet, he is also technically gifted enough to be a creative force against any club in the world.

He currently has 2 goals and 7 assists in all competitions, so the moment he adds consistent goals to his game, the sky might not be a high-enough limit.

Over the last fortnight he has proven his worth tenfold. He has earned every minute he gets and you can tell that he savors every opportunity to pull on the famous Red shirt. Harvey Elliott has won the hearts of many around the club and it still feels like he isn't properly appreciated.

Let this be a warning to Liverpool's rivals...learn the name Harvey Elliott. Remember the name. He will be running through a tackle at a stadium near you sooner than later.