Klopp may have answer to Liverpool’s creativity issues right under his nose

Liverpool slumped to another disappointing defeat on Sunday as they crashed out of the FA Cup with a 3-2 loss to bitter rivals Manchester United.

The result means the Reds have won just one of their last seven games in all competitions, and their season is in danger of completely falling apart in the coming weeks.

One of their main issues in recent weeks has been scoring goals, and they have not managed one in their last four Premier League games in a row.

Some have pointed to a lack of creativity in the midfield area as the main cause of the issue.

Summer signing Thiago Alcantara appears to still be adjusting to life in England, while the likes of Gini Wijnaldum and James Milner – who also started in the central three against United – are not exactly known for their attacking flair.

What Liverpool really seem to need is a bit of fresh impetus, and a player who can unlock a defence or play a killer pass.

Which is where Harvey Elliott could come in.

The 17-year-old wonderkid is having a sensational season on loan at Championship side Blackburn Rovers, earning the nickname the 'Little Diamond' by some at the club.

The former Fulham man grabbed his eighth assist of the season on Sunday by setting up Joe Rothwell in the 1-0 win against Middlesbrough.

And he also has four goals from midfield to his name in the Championship – some feat for a player who is barely out of school.

There is no doubt Elliott has a hugely bright future ahead of him, but could he get his chance at Liverpool earlier than expected?

There are contrasting reports over whether or not the Reds are able to recall Elliott from his season-long loan early.

But if they can, surely it would be worth doing considering the impact he has already had in England's second-tier.

He may not be starting games week in week out, but to have the option of Elliott to bring off the bench when Liverpool are in need of a goal is something Jurgen Klopp may well be considering.

Blackburn boss Tony Mowbray put it best when he said in December: "Sometimes I have to try and play him down a little bit because the more publicity he gets, the more times he scores goals and the higher profile he gets Jurgen might be sitting there thinking 'what's he doing out on loan? Let's get him back.'"

The longer Liverpool's woes in front of goals go on, the more Klopp may, indeed, feel Elliott is a man he wants back at Anfield.

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