The super-sub tag just isn’t one Elliott will hope to see stick round for too lengthy, however he has confirmed it’s a title he can dwell as much as.
With the sport poised at 1-1 and key creator Trent Alexander-Arnold off the pitch at half-time, Liverpool wanted to seek out high quality and composure, and Elliott delivered.
In the case of affect off the bench, you need finishers and Elliott duly delivered.
Turning the tide
In reality, Elliott’s help – he’s solely been awarded one for Nunez’s header – was the thirty fourth purpose to be created or scored by a participant coming off the bench.
That makes up 26.9 p.c of all Liverpool’s targets and assists this season, discuss game-changing.
For Elliott, his 45 minutes at Burnley was not the primary time he’s flipped a sport on its head from the bench – away at Wolves and Crystal Palace are prime examples – nevertheless it was a contemporary reminder of what is going to be wanted for the remainder of this season.
The Reds will want their full squad as they compete throughout 4 competitions, and with accidents and sickness complicating issues, it solely amplifies the importance of this endeavour being one for the complete group, not simply 11-14 gamers.
Elliott has not stored his need to be within the XI over a substitute a secret, however it’s his perspective in direction of coming off the bench that enables moments like these towards Burnley to be doable.
“I wish to be beginning and that’s my purpose,” he advised LFCTV after Saturday’s win. “I wish to get again within the group and sort of cement my spot.
“However I’m simply more than pleased getting on the pitch at first, whether or not it’s off the bench or beginning, I’m simply joyful to place the shirt on and exit and play, particularly at Anfield.
“It’s right down to me to attempt to make a distinction; that’s why I’m approaching, that’s sort of my position within the group, that’s why I’m right here [after the win].”
A lesson for what’s to come back
It’s an attention-grabbing place Elliott finds himself in as he has made beneficial contributions off the bench, however Klopp has been immune to naming him in his beginning lineups.
Solely 15 of his 32 appearances have been as a part of the XI, and solely three have been within the Premier League, and that maybe comes from the problem of discovering a spot for him within the facet.
He’s predominantly been used without any consideration midfielder or on the correct wing when Mohamed Salah is absent, and whereas he has potential in abundance, neither place has constantly clicked.
Coming off the bench permits him to utilise his contemporary legs towards the tiring ones of the opposition, although, he can drive at them and that is the place he can thrive and show a significant determine for his supervisor.
It units the tone for the remaining weeks and months, each for Elliott on a private degree and for the squad as an entire.
If Liverpool are to bid Klopp farewell with silverware, they might want to proceed to maximise the complete potential of the squad as, sadly, not each match could be easy crusing.
It will, after all, be simpler on our hearts and our sanity if video games had been wrapped up shortly, however we all know that to not be the case, it’s why Elliott’s position at Anfield was a major one.
A brilliant-sub he may need to not be for the long-term, however it’s a tag that simply would possibly lead Liverpool to glory when the curtain falls on this season.
Query is, who else will be part of him?