LIVERPOOL could have to pay Fulham a record £9million compensation fee for Harvey Elliott.
Elliott, 16, joined Liverpool after turning down a scholarship and running down his contract at Craven Cottage.
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp planned to send Elliott out on loan this season after his 15-minute cameo in the friendly loss to Napoli on Sunday.
But Fulham, who will play in the Championship this season, will argue for a record £9m in a case presented to the Professional Football Compensation Committee (PFCC).
The Cottagers are entitled to a fee for Elliott’s development because the midfielder is under the age of 24.
Eilliott became the Premier League’s youngest ever player when he came on as a sub against Wolves in May aged 16 years and 30 days.
And prior to that he became Fulham’s youngest player when he starred in their Carabao Cup campaign at the age of 15 years and 74 days.
Liverpool already hold the record for paying the highest compensation fee.
They paid Burnley £8million for Danny Ings after a PFCC ruling in April 2016.
Barcelona, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and RB Leipzig were all said to be interested in Elliott.
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But after making the switch to Anfield, Klopp said of his new star: “I can say many positive things about the boy because we have signed him and he decided to join us when he could have gone pretty much anywhere.
“He wanted to be part of Liverpool because of his talent.
“Now that he is here, let’s work with him. He needs game time, we have to see where he will get that. He is obviously a fine, fine footballer – that is the reason why we were really interested.”