Jurgen Klopp has revealed that Liverpool midfielder Harvey Elliott was taken to hospital after suffering a horror ankle injury during the Reds’ 3-0 victory over Leeds United on Sunday afternoon. The teenager’s ankle turned following a tackle by Pascal Struijk, who was sent off for the challenge.
Elliott dribbled down the touchline with the ball on the hour mark and was tackled from behind by Struijk. Reds winger Mohamed Salah immediately noticed the severity of the injury and called for the physio to attend to Elliott immediately.
Salah had put Liverpool ahead before Fabinho added a second. Struijk was then sent off for his challenge on Elliott. Sadio Mane scored a third in added-time.
The 18-year-old posted on social media in what appeared to be a hospital bed, telling supporters that he has already started his recovery.
Klopp confirmed that the England youth international had been taken to hospital after dislocating his ankle in the collision with Struijk.
“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.
Virgil van Dijk was positioned behind Elliott when the incident occurred. The defender recalled how he saw the tackle happen.
“All our thoughts and prayers are going to Harvey. Hopefully he recovers quickly and as good as possible. We have no idea what the diagnosis is but it looks bad,” the 30-year-old told Sky.
“From the moment it happened, I think you see Mo shouting to the side that it’s serious. Then you see the reaction of Harvey that it’s really serious. You’re standing still and hoping for the best.
“It’s difficult for them as well. We tried to deal with it and we dealt with it in the best possible way.”
Van Dijk ruptured his ACL in October last year and only recently returned. The Dutchman has said that he will share with Elliott his own experiences of recovering from a serious injury.
“One hundred per cent. The good thing is that I’ve experienced the staff and fans that they have had my back. They are all going to be there.
“Our club, Liverpool, will also be there for him no matter what.”