GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - Wednesday, July 31, 2019: Liverpool's Harvey Elliott during a pre-season friendly match between Liverpool FC and Olympique Lyonnais at Stade de Genève. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool fans can’t believe the bargain price Fulham want for Harvey Elliott

Liverpool handed a debut to 16-year-old winger Harvey Elliott on Wednesday and on Thursday morning it has emerged his former club are seeking up to £7m for him.

The Reds signed Elliott this past summer, with the youngster opting against signing a scholarship deal with Fulham.

He is unable to sign a professional deal until turning 17, which he will do on 4 April, 2020, but until then he was allowed to depart elsewhere to continue his career—and chose Liverpool over the likes of Real Madrid and PSG.

With no fee agreed between Liverpool and Fulham at the time of his move, it is likely that a tribunal will decide the cost, similar to when Dominic Solanke traded Chelsea for the Reds in 2017.

The Times‘ Paul Joyce reports that the Cottagers want around £7 million in compensation for Elliott, with the sale of Ryan Kent this summer to Rangers for £6.5m being noted as a comparison.

MILTON KEYNES, ENGLAND - Wednesday, September 25, 2019: Liverpool's Harvey Elliott applauds the travelling supporters after the Football League Cup 3rd Round match between MK Dons FC and Liverpool FC at Stadium MK. Liverpool won 2-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

At 16, though, Elliott has already reached the same tally of Liverpool appearances as Kent made before his departure aged 22: one.

The fee is decided based on the players’ perceived value and achievements at the time of his move, rather than how he progresses afterward, so Elliott’s Reds debut wouldn’t be factored into the fee—but the fact he played twice for Fulham in the Premier League would be.

Often, when it comes to tribunal fees being decided, the natural game being played is that the reluctant sellers ask for an inflated amount, the buying club play down the demands and the tribunal decides somewhere in the middle—as was the case with Danny Ings, as well as Solanke.

Even so, given the prices usually attached to talented young (and especially homegrown) players, it’s fair to say many fans were completely at ease with the reported request of £7m from the London club and excited by the potential he carries.