Harvey Elliott admits he wants role change at Liverpool

  • Elliott has started just one game in the Premier League for Liverpool this season
  • The Reds midfielder scored a crucial goal from the bench last weekend against Crystal Palace
  • Elliott has revealed his desire for more minutes in Jurgen Klopp's starting XI
Elliott wants more game time
Elliott wants more game time / Justin Setterfield/GettyImages

Midfielder Harvey Elliott has insisted he is not content being known as a "super-sub" at Liverpool.

The 20-year-old has appeared in 13 Premier League games for the Reds so far this season but has started just one match - a 2-1 win over Bournemouth at the start of November. Despite this lack of game time, Elliott has made a number of telling contributions from the bench, most recently scoring an added-time winner against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

Speaking to the press ahead of Liverpool's UEFA Europa League group stage clash with Union Saint-Gilloise on Thursday evening, Elliott discussed his current role at Anfield and admitted he doesn't want to be known as just a good squad option.

He said: "For me, I don't really want to be known as a super-sub. It's a great headline, it's a nice one, but I want to be in the team.

"It's time for myself to establish myself in that position again and hopefully get a good run of games, but at the same time, I need to be patient as well and maybe be the super-sub as well.

"Being patient is part of the job, to be honest. You look at the squad and we have world-class players, but it's about making sure I take the opportunities and establish myself.

"When I get these chances to go out and play, I have to make sure I affect the game well and maybe bring something different to the team. I always need to be patient in my career. It's not going to be straightforward. There are always going to be ups and downs, but you just need to keep working hard.

"Starting on the bench kind of gives you that different view and you are able to sit back and analyse it. For me, it's just about being aware and focusing fully on the game and the other team especially and seeing where I can exploit the spaces and the positions I can pick up."

Having started all five of the Reds' Europa League matches so far this term, the young midfielder is expected to feature from the off against USG on Thursday in Belgium. Due to Alexis Mac Allister's injury which is set to rule him out of the clash with Man Utd on Sunday, Elliott is also in contention to get a rare Premier League start at the weekend.