Jurgen Klopp confirmed Harvey Elliott suffered a terrible ankle in Liverpool’s win over Leeds United when Virgil van Dijk pledged the club’s full support to the youngster.
Elliott, who got off to a good start to the season for the Reds, sustained the injury in a tackle with Leeds defender Pascal Struijk in the middle of the second half on Elland Road on Sunday.
Liverpool were leading 2-0 at the time thanks to goals from Mohamed Salah and Fabinho, with Elliott receiving treatment on the pitch long before he was hospitalized.
Struijk, who caught the ball with his slip resistance, saw a direct red card from referee Craig Pawson and Liverpool crowned a good performance while Sadio Mane added a late third place.
Speaking to BBC Sport, Klopp said: “Harvey Elliott is in hospital, definitely a serious ankle injury. It looked like it was dislocated, the medical department put it back.
“Massive pain, shock for him, for us and we don’t know anymore. We have to wait. “
Klopp went out onto the field and also had a lively chat with the fourth official during Elliott’s treatment, but insisted he didn’t care if Struijk saw red.
“I do not care [if it was a red], it’s none of my business, ”he continued. “It’s a serious injury, definitely for an 18 year old boy. The red card is not important. We can keep playing for two or three weeks, Harvey can’t.
“We played a really good game until Harvey had to leave, the whole team was shocked and we lost our rhythm. That’s normal, man.
“We played the best we could against Leeds. You have to be ready for brutal intensity. The audience was there and an exciting football game with us as the deserved winners.
“I talked to the guys after that, we need to talk a little bit about football, but Harvey overshadows him. I like intense football, so I probably enjoyed the game.
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Klopp was also emotional in his interview with Sky Sports.
“Do I want such a young boy to have this experience in his career? No. We will play football without him, but we will also wait for him because he is a top player, ”he said.
“I saw the situation. I could see that his foot was not in the right place. That’s why we were all shocked. “
Last season, Liverpool’s Van Dijk suffered a similarly severe injury when he sustained anterior cruciate ligament damage from a challenge from Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.
The injury held up Van Dijk for the remainder of the season as Liverpool surrendered the Premier League title, which they won for the first time in 2019-20.
“All of our thoughts and prayers are first and foremost Harvey, hopefully he will recover quickly and as well as possible,” Van Dijk told Sky Sports.
“We have no idea about the diagnosis, but obviously it looks bad. Right now it happened, I think you saw Mo [Salah] already yelling to the side that it was really serious, then you look at Harvey’s reaction, you know that it is really serious.
When asked if he can support Elliott based on his personal experience, Van Dijk replied: “Yes, 100 percent.
“I’ve seen all the players, employees, everyone around Liverpool, the fans were behind me and were there for me even in difficult times. I’m sure we will all be there for him and the club will be there for him no matter what.
Shortly after full-time, Elliott posted a message on his official Instagram account.
“Thanks for all the news, guys,” read the post. “Path to recovery. YNWA. “