Harvey Elliott has been released from hospital and will undergo surgery in the coming days after suffering an ankle dislocation in Liverpool’s 3-0 win over Leeds on Sunday.
The 18-year-old appeared in severe pain after being challenged by Pascal Struijk of Leeds, who was sent off in the 60th minute following a VAR review of the incident.
Play was put on hold for several minutes as Elliott was treated by Liverpool medical staff.
The youngster, making his fourth Premier League appearance of the campaign, was taken on a stretcher and replaced by Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson.
Struijk had replaced Leeds in place of Diego Llorente, sent off in the 33rd minute due to an injury.
Fans outside sang “You’ll Never Walk Alone” as Elliott left the pitch as sections of home fans cheered.
A number of the teenager’s teammates, including Mohamed Salah and Alisson Becker, were visibly upset.
By the time Elliott was taken off the pitch, Liverpool had taken a 2-0 lead in the game against Marcelo Bielsa’s side thanks to goals from Mohamed Salah and Fabinho.
Elliott was taken to Leeds General Infirmary for further treatment and was accompanied by Liverpool club doctor Jim Moxon and his family.
Liverpool said: “Harvey, his family and Liverpool FC would like to thank the paramedics and all staff at Leeds General Hospital for the care and treatment provided.”
Jurgen Klopp said after the match: “It’s a serious injury. Ankle – it was dislocated and it has now been put back in place. He is now in the hospital.
“He played an incredible game again, he’s an incredible player. Now he’s out. Do I want such a young boy to have that experience so early in his career?
“But now it is, and we have to be there and we will be there [for him] So we’re going to play football without him, but we’re also going to wait for him because obviously he’s a top, top, top player.
“I could immediately see the effect [of the challenge], because I could see her foot was in the wrong place, which is why we were all shocked. “
Asked further about what he said to the referee, an emotional Klopp replied: “Nothing important. I’m not sure now is the right time to talk about this stuff. It wasn’t. nothing important.”
Elliott posted on his Instagram story after suffering a potentially long-term injury, writing: “Thanks for the posts guys! On the road to recovery, YNWA [You’ll Never Walk Alone]. “
Liverpool boss Klopp added in his post-match press conference: “First and foremost, this is one of the few Instagram posts that I love because if he sends already, it shows that he does not have too much pain, this is excellent news.
“I think we all saw it, the ankle was not in the right place anymore. The medical department put it back in the right place, which is very important really at the moment that things are going fast. there aren’t a lot of good things to say about it.
“Obviously it’s a serious injury and now we have to wait for other exams, evaluations or whatever, scans, and that’s what we’re doing.”
Captain Virgil van Dijk, who was sidelined with a long-term injury last season, said Air sports: “First and foremost all our prayers and thoughts are with Harvey and we hope he will recover as soon as possible. We have no idea what the diagnosis is, but it looked bad.
“From the moment it happened I think you saw Mo [Salah] yelling to the side and you see Harvey’s reaction that it’s really serious.
“The whole treatment period, you have to face it, you don’t do anything basically, you just stay still and then you have to refocus, so it’s hard.
“We had to face it and we had to face it in the best possible way.
“100% I will be there to support Harvey, and the good thing is that I have experienced with all the Liverpool players and staff that they supported me. They were there for me too in the tough times, so I ‘I’m 100% sure they’ll be there for Harvey too. “
Air sportsGary Neville said of the incident: “It’s not a good one. The players who originally saw it are left in shock. Jurgen Klopp is furious.
“The most important thing is the boy but I’m not sure it’s a red card. We’re looking at him here but we can’t show it. The red card is the result of the injury rather than the tackle.”
Elliott joined Liverpool in 2019 from Fulham and enjoyed a successful loan spell at Blackburn Rovers last season, where he scored seven times in 41 appearances.
He signed a new long-term contract at Anfield this summer and made his Premier League debut through Jurgen Klopp for the 2-0 win over Burnley in August.
The former Fulham youngster was also included in the England U21 squad for matches against Romania and Kosovo during the international break, but was not included for Lee Carsley’s Young Lions.
Sadio Mane’s strike in added time sealed a 3-0 victory for Jurgen Klopp’s side against Leeds, meaning his side joined Manchester United and Chelsea with ten points topped the Premier League table.
Liverpool tweeted in solidarity with their player: “We are all with you, Harvey. You will never walk alone.”
Reds midfielder Curtis Jones wrote on Twitter: “My little brother !!! I’m devastated for you. We’re all with you all the way. Fast and healthy recovery. I love my brother!”
A number of current and former Premier League players have expressed their support for Elliott, including Marcus Rashford, Raheem Sterling and Jamie Carragher.
Leeds president: injuries are part of the game
Andrea Radrizzani said Air sports: “The accident was hard for him [Harvey Elliott] and I wish the boy a full recovery. I hope he can come back soon but it’s part of football.
“If you watch the video you see Struijk sliding with his left foot on him and it’s accidental, it wasn’t a premeditated tackle.
“I also think the tackle’s assessment was wrong on the part of the referee.
“It was really hard to take a red card like that and for me I couldn’t even be yellow, but personally I’m sorry for the boy and the injury might be difficult for him.”
When asked if he could understand that an opponent’s safety had been put at risk, Radrizzani said: “Yes, I understand, but we can’t control the type of injury you get on the pitch. because that’s part of the game.
“If you watch the video a few times you understand that this is an accidental injury because Struijk is picking up the ball and the left leg is resting on him, so it’s very accidental. But obviously I am. sorry for him [Elliott] that it happened. “
Redknapp: No nastiness in the Struijk challenge
Sky Sports’ Jamie redknapp noted: “I feel for him [Elliott]. The recovery begins now. What I would say is that there are players who have come back from horrible injuries. I think of Andre Gomes at Everton. People wondered if he would play again.
“My fingers crossed, this is a simple break, because there are some that can be a lot more complicated and keep you from going out for a lot longer.
“I’m very sorry for this young man. It’s the start of an incredible journey for him. He’s just made the first team and he looks so comfortable in the Premier League.
“No doubt he will do it again. He just needs to be patient and listen to the right people. He will be heartbroken but I wish him a speedy recovery. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that he comes back stronger.”
“Every time you take on a challenge, you are going to put someone in danger.
“After seeing him I personally think it’s a harmless challenge. Does he mean to hurt him? No, of course not. He’s just one of those that happens every now and then in football. .
“Actually, I’m sorry for the player involved because it’s a very difficult thing for a player. The players really struggle to get over that stuff, so it’s a terrible situation in every way. “