Actually these quotes from Blackburn manager Tony Mowbray in The Athletic make me think Clarkson still has a chance to make it. Mowbray doesn't have any reason to blow smoke about some young player he's return. Here he explains why he wasn't playing and what he thinks of him.
“I want to put on record that this lad is an amazing footballer; what a talent. You talk about Harvey Elliott, he’s (Clarkson) got all those qualities, weight of pass, brilliant finishing, an amazing footballer who sees all the pictures, all the patterns,“ Mowbray told the Lancashire Telegraph. “Yet he’s come to us at a time when our team is functioning and he understands, he knows football.
“It’s hurting him because he’s a Rovers fan and I haven’t been able to give him the game time and he understands that because the team is winning and functioning. We moved to three at the back so it’s only really two central midfielders, because Buckley plays like a false nine.
“The opportunities became less and less and I felt for him, because I said he needs to play football, with that talent he needs to play and express it — how fantastic a footballer he is. I would assume Liverpool would look for another opportunity for him to go and play, at what level we’ll wait to see. Whether there is another Championship team who thinks he can be a regular starter because that’s what he needs to do and grow into the footballer he’s undoubtedly going to be, because he’s very, very talented.”
Who knows? Maybe we'll see him against Shrewsbury.