DoctorJimmy: knee-high flying tackle specialist
- May 18, 2016
16 year olds take things for granted no matter what. I don't want him appreciating anything happening around him at this point. We want his arrogance of youth to push him on. Looking in from outside having to prove himself equal or better than some in this squad is only going to be possible if he right now has an overinflated ego. As ridiculous as it might seem to neutrals, in his mind he has to believe he deserves a berth in the first XI.Part of me can't get over what someone like Elliott must be thinking right now. 16 years old, joining the Champions of Europe from a Championship club, in his first six months at the club has already received two winners' medals before Christmas. Does he think this is normal? Does he realise how special this is and how lucky he is to be coming to Liverpool at this precise moment in time? Will he appreciate it, or take it for granted?
I also think that sometimes I overthink things
Tell him that if he puts let's say 20 hours' training in his work against the ball and 40 hours on placing shots into the corners, he can rival Shaq, and he only does half of that and not double, then arrogance of youth has turned into something that will hold his progress back for months and years.