“Harvey Elliott won his chance – and grabbed it”
Jordan Henderson credited Harvey Elliott with winning and duly seizing the opportunity of his full Premier League debut.
Elliott joined Henderson and Naby Keita in midfielder three of Liverpool’s starting lineup for Saturday’s 2-0 win over Burnley at Anfield.
And the 18-year-old returned Jürgen Klopp’s faith with an excellent 90-minute display that impressed his captain.
“Harvey is a special player,” Henderson told Liverpoolfc.com after the game.
“He was fantastic last season when he was on loan at Blackburn and then he came back in great shape for the preseason and did really well so he deserved his departure today and I thought he was. took.
“I thought he was exceptional, his pace of work, but also obviously what he can do on the ball, the final passes. Overall I thought it was exceptional.
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Saturday’s game represented a momentous occasion as Anfield welcomed its first capacity crowd since March 2020.
“We had to wait a long time and I think we can appreciate the fans even more now,” said Henderson.
“If we hadn’t done it before, I think we can certainly now with what we went through last season. They made a huge difference and it was really special today to walk in front of them.
“Absoutely [they are our 12th man]. I think you can see that last season in some of the results we’ve had. I think they make a huge difference. Sometimes when you’re not quite there the crowd can lift you up and start you up and they’ve done that a few times over the years so hopefully they’re back. We might need it sometimes this season. cheeky.”
It was also Henderson’s first appearance of the season and his first departure for Liverpool since February with a groin injury that forced him to miss the final months of 2020-21.
The skipper continues: “[It was] very good, very nice to be back and start a game here, especially with Anfield full again, so it was good.
“I hope we can keep kicking. The guys started well, it’s a long season so we have to keep going.