Liverpool and Michael Edwards are always planning several transition windows ahead of their rivals.
And with Tuesday’s deadline looming, the Reds won’t be making any rash moves as the transfer window draws to a close.
Indeed, signing a teenager from Fulham two years ago has proven invaluable to the Reds this summer.
Harvey Elliott is set to save the millions club.
The 18-year-old has truly come of age in recent weeks after Jürgen Klopp brought him into his first team fold.
After his excellent loan spell with Blackburn Rovers last season, there were initial thoughts that another temporary change of pace might be better for his development, with then coming up Xherdan Shaqiri and Mohamed Salah down the right flank.
However, the Liverpool boss has decided to capitalize on his talents in more central areas so far in the new season. Turned midfielder, the former Fulham player offers an attacking advantage to the Reds in the middle of the park.
Having come on as a late substitute for Naby Keita against Norwich in Liverpool’s opener, Elliott took a relatively wide position alongside Salah as the duo came together in the final few minutes.
Elliott was rewarded for his efforts in his first Premier League game the following week against Burnley, and Elliott appeared to consistently receive the ball in a half-inning as a shortcut to running in the Clarets defense.
Driving the team forward, the teenager started several counter-attacks as well as combining fluently with Trent Alexander-Arnold and Salah on the Reds’ right-hand side.
His defining moment in the match came when he controlled his chest on a 60-yard pass from Virgil van Dijk outside the touchline, before firing the ball inside to Alexander-Arnold; His high passes created Sadio Mane for the team’s second goal and ultimately decided the victory.
Since he starred at Anfield, Elliott has also seen Shaqiri leave the club to join Lyon, giving him more potential opportunities as a rotation option for the Liverpool FC.
As a wide striker with Blackburn, he scored the third most assists in the tournament with 11 in 2020/21 and scored 7 goals, for Rovers who finished in the middle of the table.
The presence of a reserve right wing position also indicates that the midfielder could play a pivotal role in this year’s cup tournaments.
Reds fans hope Elliott will be a catalyst for the team to do more domestic titles, having reached the quarter-finals only once since the 2017/18 season.
Klopp believes the young player’s future lies in another position, though, speaking of how much the German coach values his quality, as well as giving the squad a versatile option in attack.
The midfielder was thought to be a priority throughout the transfer window following Ginni Wijnaldum’s departure to Paris Saint-Germain. Although Ibrahima Konate remains the only newcomer, the club appears to believe his replacement was already in their ranks.
Putting on a fine display on his debut in the Premier League, the childhood Liverpool fan allowed his quality to shine at Anfield. His appearance could mean Liverpool are resisting the desire for any drastic moves in the closing days of the transfer window, and Elliott has already proven he is worth the money for his £4.3m fee.
Having become the youngest ever player in the Premier League in May 2019, as a late substitute for Fulham, Liverpool’s 67th player looks set to make a real impact at the elite level.