Liverpool wonderkind Elliotts dirty skill in training leaves Matip surprised

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Harvey Elliott has been wowing his Liverpool teammates, especially Joel Matip, after a 'dirty' skill during their warm up prior to the 2-0 win over Villarreal in the Champions League semi-final at Anfield.

Elliott has returned to the senior team in recent weeks, making the match day squad for Liverpool's European clash against Villarreal on Wednesday night. During the team's warm-up, a video has gone viral on social media of the youngster making a skilful pass to Rhys Williams during a passing rondo.

In the clip, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Elliott combine with a few neat passes before he pulls off a sublime piece of skill, shifting the ball from right to left to pass the ball past Divock Origi and Adrian who were in the middle of the rondo.

Following the pass, Matip put his hands on his head, as he was caught by surprise by such skills from the talented youngster. Fans on social media were also in shock, with one writing: "Filth," and another posting: "Harvey did them dirty."

The 19-year-old had been absent from Jurgen Klopp's past five Premier League match day squads, having last featured in the FA Cup quarter-final win over Nottingham Forest last month. Elliott has however, featured 45 minutes for the under-23s on Monday, in their 4-0 win over Leicester City, after making an appearance in a 2-2 draw against Chelsea earlier this month.

The youngster is keen to continue getting minutes to maintain his fitness for when gets the nod from Klopp, he is 'ready', explained the under-23s coach Barry Lewtas. He said: "The likes of Harvey and Rhys Williams want to play and get their minutes, they want to stay sharp and if they are called upon by our manager, they want to be ready. It just shows the character that we have at this club.

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"The lads want to play and they understand what they need to do to get to the next level. Harvey’s attitude and his performances – he is a credit to himself and a credit to the club as well."

Despite Elliott's return to the senior side, he was named as an unused substitute in the Reds' win over Villarreal at Anfield. Due to the severity of the attacker's injury earlier in the season, Klopp is seemingly reluctant to rush him back into regular football just yet.

The Reds seemed to get on fine without him on Wednesday night, with Jordan Henderson and Sadio Mane scoring in a comfortable 2-0 win for the hosts to set themselves up for next week's second leg.

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