Harvey Elliott says Rovers took a risk when signing him on loan given his limited experience of senior football.

Elliott has since gone on to feature in all 40 matches since signing for Rovers on deadline day in October, contributing six goals and 11 assists.

That has seen him shortlisted for the EFL young player of the year award which will be announced tonight.

But reflecting back on the time that Rovers made their move for the then 17-year-old with just a handful of senior experiences to his name, Elliott says he was grateful for the opportunity Rovers gave him, revealing recovery and nutrition are two of the biggest things he’s learned from his loan spell.

“I think it’s a big risk for them, taking me on loan, especially being young as well and not really knowing what I could produce and how I would cope,” he told Liverpool's website.

“My thought process was just to go in and give it 100 per cent in every training session, every game. Thankfully, it came off in a nice way.

“By getting these goals and assists, it’s sort of got me used to where I should be in and around the box to either find the assist or get into the scoring positions.”

Elliott has become a key man for Tony Mowbray’s side, the manager feeling at times his side haven’t used the teenager enough in games.

“I like the pressure upon myself, I like people giving me pressure,” Elliott added.

“I think it makes me thrive a bit more and makes me go a bit further just to prove to people that I can deal with the pressure.

“To have the ‘go to’ above my head kind of thing, it sort of just makes me want to show people that I can be the go-to person.

“I just want to keep going throughout my career and, hopefully, I can be the go-to person to win games.

“I can’t thank Blackburn enough really for these opportunities, for making me into the person I am today and into the man I am.”