Liverpool beat at least five different clubs to the signature of Harvey Elliott in summer 2019.
Elliott joined the Reds shortly after becoming the youngest player in Premier League history, featuring for Fulham at the age of 16 years and one month.
The winger has featured sporadically in his first season at Anfield, making one Premier League appearance as a substitute but playing all six of their games in the FA and League Cups.
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Elliott is highly thought of at Liverpool, and his ties to the club started with his first game: a Champions League qualifier against Maccabi Haifa in 2006.
That, according to The Athletic, was the start of his ‘love affair’ with the Reds, that was encouraged by lifelong fan, father Scott.
Elliott was also in Kiev for Liverpool’s 2018 Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid, during which Mo Salah was substituted due to an injury caused by Sergio Ramos.
Liverpool have held something of a grudge against Ramos since, and Elliott even rejected the opportunity to meet the Spanish centre-half when Real ‘rolled out the red carpet’ in an attempt to sign him a year ago.
James Pearce writes that ‘Real’s charm offensive included an offer’ for Elliott to speak with Ramos, to which the teenager replied: “No, it’s OK, thanks. I don’t like him after what he did to Mo Salah.”
It is added that as well as Real, Liverpool beat Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal to the signing of Elliott.
Liverpool are yet to discover the final cost of Elliott’s move from Fulham, as the two clubs have been unable to agree a compensation fee.
Fulham wanted between £7m and £10m – a record tribunal fee – while Liverpool have actually extended Elliott’s contract until 2023 during the wait.
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