Blackburn Rovers have made a last-ditch attempt to sign Harvey Elliott on loan, according to the Times‘ Paul Joyce on Twitter.

The transfer deadline for EFL clubs is 5pm (BST) on Friday, with the former Premier League champions eager to get a deal over the line for the 17-year-old.

The Evening Standard‘s David Lynch claims that Xherdan Shaqiri staying put during the transfer window has heightened the chances of Elliott leaving, with a lack of playing time likely to come his way.

The forward has only managed one appearance so far this season, starting the 7-2 win away to Lincoln City in the Carabao Cup. On top of that, he hasn’t featured in a single Premier League matchday squad.

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In terms of his development, a move to Blackburn makes perfect sense for Elliott. He would benefit more from playing regularly and growing accustomed to the physicality of senior football, rather than playing for Liverpool U23s and invariably not making first-team squads.

It is easy to forget how young Elliott still is, so there is absolutely no rush to fast-track him into Jurgen Klopp’s plans, especially when there are so many top players ahead of him.

Not only are Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino the undisputed first-choice front-three, but Takumi Minamino and Diogo Jota are also exciting options, not to mention Shaqiri and Divock Origi.