Scott Parker has bemoaned the transfer fee Fulham received for Harvey Elliott citing the player’s potential as a major loss for the club.
The teenager made his debut for the Cottagers in May 2019 as a 16-year-old having come through their academy.
It made him the Premier League’s youngest ever player but he made a move to Liverpool just months later.
The two clubs had to settle their differences at a tribunal as Fulham sought a compensation fee for the player given his age.
They ended up receiving £4.3m – a record fee for the 16-year-old – but Parker feels as if their hard work will end up benefiting the Reds as he tipped Elliott for big things.
He said: “I was disappointed in it all because this is a player that had been developed at this club for a long, long time.
“We gave him his debut. You don’t want to go and spend £20-30m on players. That’s why the Academy is so important for us.
“We want to develop these players. But we have developed that player for a big club to take him.
“Four million quid for a player we developed and thought the world of, to then leave like he did, is madness really.
“Harvey Elliott has the potential to be a top-class football player but Liverpool have taken him off us for minimal numbers for what he’s capable of.”
Elliott is currently on loan at Blackburn as he looks to further his development having found opportunities at a premium at Anfield last term.
Despite Parker’s comments Fulham claimed they were “very pleased” with the outcome.
“After a full hearing, the Professional Football Compensation Committee has decided that Fulham should be entitled to substantial compensation,” they said in a statement.
“The award (undisclosed) is a record amount for a 16-year-old player and, in the circumstances, Fulham is very pleased and thanks the PFCC for its careful consideration of the arguments we put forward.”