Liverpool midfielder Harvey Elliott has given his thoughts on the club's 3-0 defeat to Strasbourg last night.
The Reds welcomed the Ligue 1 side to Anfield to conclude their pre-season programme. Jurgen Klopp opted to field an inexperienced team against Strasbourg and it showed right throughout the game.
But, Elliott is taking the positives from the friendly.
“Obviously conceding three isn’t easy to come back from against any team, especially these guys who were very well organised and played great football. It’s a learning curve for the young lads and everyone else involved," he told the club's official website, as quoted by Anfield Watch's Twitter account.
"It’s more minutes in the legs and getting to play in front of the home crowd, which is always an honour and very exciting to come and play back here again. We are disappointed but we just need to take the positives and learn from it.
“I think the youngsters need to learn the hard way sometimes and some of them did that today, but in all fairness they bounced back and played the rest of the game really strong so it’s all credit to them.
"Youngsters are always going to make mistakes, and even senior players, so it’s just about how you react, and their reaction was very good. Everyone makes mistakes in life and we are all a team and we’ve all made that mistake together.
"There’s no-one single-handedly made it themselves, so we all stuck together and encouraged everyone, and just told them to keep playing their football, which they did.
"It’s all credit to them and, as I said, if they don’t make these mistakes then they won’t learn. Everyone played a great part today and gave it their best and that’s all you can ask for.”
Anfield Watch Verdict
Elliott is spot on. Playing against Strasbourg at Anfield was a brilliant opportunity for the youngsters.
On another note, we thought that Elliott was very good against the Ligue 1 side.
Whenever the midfielder got on the ball, he looked to make things happen. We should see a fair bit of Elliott this season.
The 19-year-old was a regular in Jurgen Klopp's starting XI at the beginning of the 2021-22 campaign.
However, a serious ankle injury meant that Elliott missed a total of 30 games for the Reds last season.
But, the Englishman is fit and firing again.