While football pundits were busy insisting the scissor tackle that earned Pascal Struijk a red card and left Harvey Elliott with a foot pointing in the wrong direction wasn’t malicious, Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp provided an update on the 18-year-old midfielder’s injury.
“It is a bad injury. Ankle, I heard it was dislocated and they couldn’t put it back. He’s in hospital so now we have to wait,” Klopp told Sky Sports after the 3-0 victory over Leeds United.
While a dislocated ankle is still a significant injury, there is widespread relief among Liverpool supporters after learning it’s not the compound fracture many feared when briefly seeing the angle of Elliott’s foot and the horrified reactions of the other players on the pitch.
It’s never easy to see any player have to be taken off on a stretcher, but it’s especially hard to see a teenager who has displayed so much promise to start his Premier League career go off with the assumption that he is set to miss an extended period.
“He played again an incredible match. He’s an incredible player. Now he’s out,” said Klopp. “Do I want such a young boy to experience this so early in his career? No.”
“But now it’s the case and we have to be there and we will be there.
“We will play football without him but we will wait for him because he is a top, top, top player.”
Elliott provided a brief update of his own when he released an Instagram story from the ambulance to thank everyone for their messages of support.