Harvey Elliott message speaks volumes after Liverpool youngster suffers major injury

By Ian Doyle

The game hadn’t even finished at Elland Road when Harvey Elliott took to social media to send a message to Liverpool supporters.

“Thank you for the messages guys!” he posted on Instagram from an ambulance on his way to hospital. “Road to recovery. YNWA.”

That Elliott was already looking to the future spoke volumes of the determination, spirit and character that has seen the remarkable teenager barge his way into the Liverpool first team.

And they are qualities on which he must now lean upon as he begins what is likely to be a long rehabilitation after suffering a horror injury here against Leeds United.

It was obvious from Mohamed Salah’s reaction – instantly waving his arms at referee Craig Pawson to stop the game while urging medics on to the field – that something had gone badly wrong.

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The challenge from Pascal Struijk may not have been malicious but it was an ill-advised one, the Leeds substitute strongly sliding in from an angle to win the ball with Elliott’s left leg being twisted in the ensuing tangle.

After lengthy treatment, Elliott departed on a stretcher, still sufficiently aware to applaud the Leeds supporters who gave him a warm ovation as he headed along the touchline. Incredible.

There will be debate over whether such an injury was an inevitability given the subtle change in emphasis for officials to not penalise every rough challenge.

Indeed, Pawson had initially waved played on with Leeds in possession until it became abundantly clear Elliott was in a bad way. Only after the intervention of VAR Darren England did Struijk see red.

Beyond doubt, though, is Klopp will for some time be robbed of the Premier League’s breakout star at a time when he was continuing to emphatically justify the faith of his manager.

By lining up at Elland Road, at 18 years 161 days old Elliott became the youngest midfield player ever to start three consecutive league games for Liverpool.

Astonishing, yes. But surprising? Not at all, further evidenced by his confident performance in helping given Liverpool the platform from which they eventually won 3-0 to maintain their unbeaten start to the season.

The celebrations, though, were subdued at the final whistle.

Liverpool will miss their latest emerging talent – and Elliott will return stronger and more determined than ever to make his mark at Anfield. We wish him well.

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