Harvey Elliott is getting an insight into how to make it in the Premier League thanks to none other than Mohamed Salah.
The former Fulham child prodigy is working alongside the Liverpool senior squad on their pre-season tour of Austria before the opening game of the season away to Norwich City.
Elliott, 18, is hoping to catch Jurgen Klopp’s eye after an impressive season on loan at Blackburn Rovers and is learning from one of the most senior players in the squad.
Salah is preparing for his fifth season at Anfield having made the move from Roma in 2017 and is continuing to prove his doubters wrong – despite scoring 125 goals in 203 games for the Reds.
And Pep Ljinders (Klopp’s right-hand man) has revealed just how the dedicated Egypt international is helping the teenager reach the same dizzying heights he has.
“Yesterday, I also heard a story that Mo and Harvey Elliott were sitting with each other in the dining area,” Klopp’s right-hand man told liverpoolfc.com.
Lijnders continued: “Harvey had some bread and some fruit on his plate and Mo asked him how many slices of bread he’d already had that day. Harvey said one and Mo told him to only eat the fruit!
“Harvey told me, ‘I’m always learning from these guys!’ We have so many players who are helping the younger players and the new ones – you feel all the way through this camp that the talents are integrating and I like that a lot.”
Since moving from west London to Merseyside two years ago, Elliott became the youngest-ever player to start a competitive first-team match for the Reds, before heading to Edwood Park on loan.
After grabbing seven goals and 11 assists during 41 appearances for Rovers, the teenage forward is ready to make his mark on the first-team.
“Last year’s loan spell helped me a lot and I think I need to take the learning from that into this year. It’s not going to come around and be given to me, I need to work hard for it,” he told liverpoolfc.com
“I am confident in myself, I feel I can get into the team, whether it’s coming off the bench and making an impact. Whatever it is, I am confident in myself.
“That’s the main goal really; just to be in and around the team and get minutes. Like I keep saying, it’s down to me – I need to show the people I am ready, I need to show the gaffer I am ready, but I am certain I can do it.”