Fulham boss Scott Parker has hit out at the record fee that Liverpool have been ordered to pay for teenage sensation Harvey Elliott after a tribunal earlier this week.

Elliott made his Liverpool debut last season, at the age of 16, following his move from boyhood club Fulham in 2019.

Elliott has dazzled on loan at Blackburn this season

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Elliott has dazzled on loan at Blackburn this season

However, the clubs failed to decide on a fee for the teenage star and the move went to a tribunal after the west London club rejected an offer of £750,000 in compensation.

It was understood the London club were seeking £10million from the Premier League champions.

Having seen how quickly he’s taken to the Championship following his loan move to Blackburn Rovers, it’s clear to see why the Cottagers wanted so much for the youngster.

In a statement Fulham said they were ‘very pleased’ with the decision to award a record compensation fee for a 16-year-old, even if their demands were not matched.

But those feelings are not shared by Parker, who expressed his disappointment that the talented youngster decided to leave the club two years ago.

“It’s madness really,” he said. “This is a player who had been developed at this football club for a long, long time.

“I think he was our youngest-ever player. We gave him his debut. You don’t want to go and spend £20-30m on players.

Harvey Elliott joined Liverpool from Fulham in 2019

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Harvey Elliott joined Liverpool from Fulham in 2019

“That’s why the academy for us is so important – because you want to develop these players. We had developed that player for a big club to take him.

“Harvey Elliott has the potential of being a top-class football player. Liverpool have taken him off us for minimal numbers for the potential of what Harvey is capable of.”

It is understood Liverpool will have to pay £1.2million up front.

A further £300,000 is due as a result of Elliot signing his first professional contract – something he did with the Reds last July – and another £200,000 will be owed when the England under-17 international pens a second, which he is expected to do when he turns 18 later this year.

The fee could rise by another £2.6million subject to a number of other clauses being met, based on cumulative first-team appearances and international recognition.

It is understood that for the full £4.3million to be due, Elliott would need to play more than 100 games for Liverpool and earn a senior England call-up, while Fulham will have a 20 per cent sell-on clause.

Elliott has dazzled on loan at Blackburn this season


Elliott has dazzled on loan at Blackburn this season

The Reds said in a statement of their own: “Liverpool Football Club respects the outcome of the PFCC’s fair and thorough process in this matter.

“We would like to thank the panel for their time and diligence in reaching a decision. We now look forward to welcoming Harvey back from his loan spell with Blackburn Rovers in the summer and helping him continue to build towards a long and successful career at Anfield.”

Elliot – now 17 – joined Blackburn on a season-long loan last summer, and has quickly proven why he’s so highly valued by the Reds.


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