After watching what felt like half the squad struck down by injury last season as Liverpool finished third, ahead of Chelsea and with a better defensive record than Manchester United despite relying on a reserve centre half pairing, Liverpool fans are a little bit nervous.
So perhaps it shouldn’t be surprising that word of Harvey Elliott’s withdrawal from England U21 duty and return to Merseyside due to injury would be met with concern that another historic injury crisis could be about to unfold with the new season having barely begun.
However, Elliott’s withdrawal is believed to be largely precautionary, with the player only carrying a minor knock—a knock picked up with Liverpool before the break. As it hasn’t healed quickly enough for him to face Kosovo on Tuesday, he is returning to the club.
While the specifics of the injury are unclear, the expected recovery timeline means Elliott is likely to be fit in time for the weekend when the Reds taking on Leeds United in Premier League action. Takumi Minamino, on the other hand, may not be fit in time for Leeds.