Liverpool prodigy Harvey Elliott has singled out the Paris Saint-Germain dynamo Neymar Jr as his childhood idol.
Widely-regarded as Liverpool’s brightest prospect, Elliott still waits to make his first Premier League start on senior-level after impressing in youth systems.
The 17-year-old teenage sensation has now admitted that he idolized the former Barcelona superstar Neymar while climbing through the ranks at Anfield.
Liverpool homegrown talent, Elliott, insists he often watched the Brazilian’s tricks and flicks and tried to emulate those skills into his game.
“When I was a little younger, Neymar was my inspiration,” he said during an interview for Liverpool Echo.
“He was breaking on to the scene at Barcelona, and I remember saying to my dad ‘this kid’s going to be one of the best players in the world one day.’
“The way Neymar moves and his dribbling ability, I try to add that into my game.
“But, if I was looking up to someone, it would have to be Steven Gerrard. He is a Liverpool legend.”
Elliott has also shared his ambition to become a permanent fixture in Jurgen Klopp’s first-team squad next season.
“Next season, I’ll be hoping to break into the first team more regularly.
“I’ve been in squads this season, and I’m hoping for more Premier League chances, as well as more cup games.
“As a team, our aim is to go and win the Premier League again. We haven’t been able to celebrate in front of the fans this time, so it’s a big must that we put everything into next season to make sure we win it again so we can celebrate with the fans as a Liverpool family.”
Elliot managed just six minutes of action in the Premier League this season, but his performances for Liverpool’s youth squad in the UEFA Youth League have not gone unnoticed.
One goal and five assists in seven outings in the competition clearly suggest the gifted Englishman is a star in the making.