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Liverpool Ace Suspended For A Fortnight For ‘Aggravated Breach’: Will His Exclusion Affect Klopp’s First-Team Plans?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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According to a recent report by BBC, Liverpool winger Harvey Elliott has been suspended from taking part in all domestic competitions for 14 days after he was proven guilty of using derogatory language about Tottenham Hotspur forward Harry Kane in a video on social media.

The former Fulham starlet’s video constituted an “aggravated breach” of FA rules which could keep him out of the match against Manchester United and maybe even the Tottenham Hotspur clash as well (via BBC).

Elliott’s Role At Liverpool This Season

Elliott only managed to make one senior appearance for the Reds thus far when he helped his new employers secure a 2-0 win over Milton Keynes Dons in the EFL Cup towards the back end of September. Even though he has not featured in more matches, the English rising star has been named in Jurgen Klopp’s match-day squads on multiple occasions this season.

The London-born starlet also showed some flashes of his true potential when he put in an impressive cameo versus MK Dons in the League Cup. Elliott has also been an integral member of the Liverpool Under-23 side after making six appearances for them in the Premier League 2 while creating two assists in the process.

The 16-year-old has also represented England at various youth levels and is currently playing for the Three Lions U-17 side. There is no denying that Elliott has incredible potential to become a world-class wide player someday. However, he needs to focus on improving his conduct so that he doesn’t develop a habit of running into trouble off the pitch.

What Can The English Whizkid Do To Improve His Game?

Elliott is blessed with blistering pace which allows him to take on his marker out on the wide areas. He is also very good with his feet and loves to play one-touch passes with his teammates. However, the talented teenager needs to find a way to be more productive in the final third.

Will Elliott’s Exclusion Affect Klopp’s First-Team Plans?

For now, Elliott’s suspension won’t affect Jurgen Klopp’ first-team plans at all, but the youngster needs to secure more playing time if he wants to prove his worth at Merseyside. He should now concentrate on coming back from his suspension with all guns blazing and not make the same mistakes again in the future.

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