Liverpool hero Jason McAteer believes they have a world-beater on their books in Harvey Elliott.
Elliott produced an eye-catching display in Liverpool's 4-3 pre-season friendly loss to Hertha Berlin on Thursday.
Among those who were impressed was McAteer, who immediately compared Elliott to two of the greatest midfielders in recent times.
"I'm a big fan from the minute I saw him (Elliott)," McAteer told LFC TV. "I saw him in a pre-season friendly in Switzerland, his pass appreciation, his touch. He was sensational.
"His best position is a million dollar question. For me I do see - and these are big names coming out - I do see Xavi and Iniesta in him. I see Thiago as well, that kind of player developing.
"When I say that, I see a player who can see a pass, is comfortable on the ball - he'll have it in a phone box. He always wants to get on it, his head's on a swivel always looking around but he can execute."
McAteer, who also previously played for Blackburn, said Elliott's spell at Ewood Park last season was crucial to his development.
"I think it was key for him to go out on loan," he said. "He looks a bit stockier. He's come back from Blackburn, probably learnt a lot. He looked comfortable. That will stand him in good stead to come back because he has that experience."
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