The news Harvey Elliott’s successful operation was backed by football across the board, including a young striker who has been linked with a move to Liverpool in Karim Adeyemi.
There are few youngsters in Europe who are gaining traction as quickly as Elliott, whose ankle injury on Elland Road put a damper on form for Liverpool.
His third start in a row in Jürgen Klopp’s midfield came after an international break with the English U21s, after he was appointed to Lee Carsley’s squad for the first time at the age of 18.
But very close is Salzburg striker Adeyemi, who played a first role in the move from Patson Daka to Leicester and has scored seven goals in eleven games this season and scored a net for Germany on his senior national team debut.
The 19-year-old met Elliott on the pitch at the 2019 UEFA Youth League games and was there to deliver a message of support to his Liverpool counterpart following his surgery on Tuesday.
Elliott took to Instagram to keep up with his successful surgery, to which Adeyemi replied and said, “Get well soon, brother.”
It is of course no indication of an imminent move to Liverpool, although fans have also seen the Salzburg teenager “liked” an article discussing the prospect of a move to the Reds on Twitter.
German publication IMAGE have attributed Klopp’s side an interest in Adeyemi, with Transfermarkt claiming Liverpool and Barcelona are both “preparing an offer for the coming winter”.
Bayern Munich and Dortmund are also expected to track down the youngster, with a price of £ 25.6m if he is supposed to leave Austria.
Liverpool have had a heavy emphasis on the youth in the transfer market lately, with the signings of Kaide Gordon, Mateusz Musialowski, Marcelo Pitaluga and Bobby Clark being sanctioned with the long-term future in mind.
In theory, Adeyemi could follow this trend as part of the Red Bull production line, which also included Sadio Mane, Naby Keita, Takumi Minamino and Ibrahima Konate.
On Tuesday evening, Adeyemi started for Salzburg in the Champions League opener against Sevilla and remarkably won three penalties in 25 minutes of the first half.
The striker’s speed and daring allowed him to win the ball in front of Diego Carlos or Bono, while one shot from Jesus Navas gave him another.
Having missed the first penalty himself, Adeyemi left Luka Sucic, who scored his first goal and hit the post with his second, when Salzburg finally drew 1-1 at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.
With Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane heading to the Africa Cup of Nations in January, Adeyemi would face a huge challenge in a starting role at Liverpool straight away – but his arrival could serve as a solution for both in the short and long term.