Liverpool star Mohamed Salah is mentoring could play himself into Carabao Cup final XI | Football | Sport

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Liverpool star Harvey Elliott may play himself into Jurgen Klopp’s thinking ahead of the Reds’ Carabao Cup clash with Chelsea. The midfielder has enjoyed some excellent form of late having been mentored by team-mate Mohamed Salah.

Elliott has previously revealed that Salah has been guiding his development in recent months. The Egyptian later revealed that he has been doing extra sessions with Elliott after training.

The England U21 playmaker is likely to start for Liverpool in their next two Premier League matches, against Brentford and Luton. Injuries to Thiago, Dominik Szoboszlai and Trent Alexander-Arnold have opened a midfield berth. He could even start out wide with Salah still absent.

Elliott registered two assists in last weekend’s 3-1 victory over Burnley. His creativity will be necessary in the absence of Szoboszlai and Alexander-Arnold, Liverpool’s chief providers.

A continuation of his excellent form could see the 20-year-old land a starting place in the team to face Chelsea at Wembley on February 25. It would be the result of hard work on the training ground, learning from one of the world’s best in Salah.

Speaking after he and Salah scored in a 2-1 win over Crystal Palace in December, Elliott said: “I think my finish today just sums up what I’ve learnt from him. If I keep talking about how much I’ve learnt and how much of an influence he’s been on me everyone would get bored.

“Ever since I came through the first door he’s always been by my side, looked after me and it’s just a pleasure to share the pitch with such a legend. He deserves getting his 200th goal today. no one works as hard as him – and as I said it just sums him up.”

Standing alongside for the post-match interview with TNT Sports, Salah gushed with praise for his colleague. The 31-year-old said he is ‘always’ helping Elliott develop, a potentially positive sign for Liverpool if Salah departs for Saudi Arabia in the summer given they will have a natural successor.

“Yeah it’s nice to hear. He’s a good kid, he’s learning,” the former Chelsea winger said. “I always try to push him in the gym and also practice after training. Just do something extra because without working hard you won’t achieve something big.

“He’s having a good career and I’m sure he can have much better than that, he just needs to put in the work. I’m happy for him, always by his side, telling him that if he wants to come speak then I’m there. Sometimes you need to work as a psychologist for the young players.”

Playing in the Carabao Cup final would be a fine reward for the hard work Elliott has placed into winning a spot in a vastly talented Liverpool team.

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