Harvey Elliott: We dug deep - and I always try to make a difference

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Harvey Elliott was delighted to be a difference-maker again as Liverpool ‘dug deep’ to overcome Burnley 3-1 at Anfield on Saturday.

A hard-fought first half in the Premier League clash saw Diogo Jota head the Reds in front, but Dara O’Shea converted moments before the interval to level.

The visitors had further chances after the break, too, though it was the hosts who took theirs, with Luis Diaz and then Darwin Nunez both scoring from assists by Elliott – who was introduced at the start of the second period.

Read on for Elliott’s post-match reaction with Liverpoolfc.com as Jürgen Klopp’s men went back to the top of the Premier League…

On the win being one Liverpool had to ‘graft for’…

Yeah, as I’ve said before, every game is going to be very hard. Burnley made it very difficult for us in moments, caused us problems as well. We went in at half-time level so you could see the quality that they had. We had to dig deep, we had to find the moments where we could break them down and score vital goals and be clinical – and that’s exactly what we did today.

On the team being so good at finding solutions to problems in games…

Yeah, definitely. It has been a tough season and a few games we have had to grind to get three points – and today was one of them. Burnley made it very, very hard, came here with a clear game plan and caused us problems. But, as I said, we found a way to win and were clinical in the moments we needed to be. We could have scored more as well. But it just sums up this team and we’re not going to stop.

On all three Reds goals coming from headers…

Wherever it comes to you, you need to put it in the back of the net and the lads have exactly done that today. To score three headers is always a nice thing.

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On his impact off the bench today with two assists, as well as across the season so far…

Yeah, it’s part of the journey. As you said, I want to be starting and that’s my goal – I want to get back in the team and kind of cement my spot. But I’m just more than happy getting on the pitch first and foremost, whether it’s off the bench or starting, I’m just happy to put the shirt on and go out and play, especially at Anfield. It’s down to me to try to make a difference; that’s why I’m coming on, that’s kind of my role in the team, that’s why I’m here today.

It’s using my ability, using my skills and trying to provide something else, whether that’s starting or coming off the bench. I just need to give it 100 per cent, I need to work as hard as I can and work for the team. Everyone is going to be needed this season, no matter whether you’re playing, starting the games or coming off the bench, or not playing week in, week out. Everyone is going to be needed. It’s a long season, we have got many games, so it’s about staying ready, staying on your toes and when you’re called upon, you need to make that impact.

On what it’s like to play with Nunez and how much he offers to the team…

He proved it today, he can score with his head, he can score with left and right foot, his knee, his shoulder, whatever it is! He’s an unbelievable player and you’re seeing many, many things from him this season. On top of that, he works his socks off, you see how much he ran today and worked for the team. It’s a credit to him and it’s a pleasure to play with someone like him. You always know where he’s going to be, he’s going to be in and around the box trying to get on the end of things. So, as a provider it’s always great to play with players like Darwin and everyone else, to have that quality up front when you’re getting on the ball and looking to play those passes. He’s always there and always looking to score.

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On the squad having to deal with absences for a variety of reasons at the moment…

Yeah, we’re having to dig deep at the moment. Other teams are doing that as well. It’s that time of year where things [illnesses] are flying around; touch wood, I don’t get it! But I just want everyone to be healthy, I want the team to be fit and healthy and to be available for each and every game. Some lads are missing today, which was a shame. The win was for them, the lads that couldn’t be here. Conor Bradley especially – our heart and thoughts are with him, we’re all by his side. It’s such a hard time for him and that win was dedicated to him and the lads that couldn’t be here today.

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