Liverpool’s right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold has shed light on how the Reds dressing room have responded in the wake of Harvey Elliot’s gruesome injury on Sunday evening
Liverpool’s 18-year-old midfield prodigy Harvey Elliot is set to be side-lined for a number of months after he suffered a dislocated left ankle during the 3-0 away win over Leeds United.
In the wake of the bleak moment, Reds right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold conceded seeing the injury up close had affected Liverpool’s players but he has backed the teenager to make a full and speedy recovery.
Elliott dislocated his left ankle mid-way through the second half of the impressive win at Elland Road following a late tackle from Leeds United substitute Pascal Struijk – who was swiftly sent off for the challenge.
The 18-year-old was immediately taken to hospital before eventually being discharged and is now expected to undergo surgery this week and begin his lengthy road to recovery.
Alexander-Arnold spoke compassionately about his stricken teammate, offering an insight into the reaction of the Liverpool squad as he explained: At times like this it’s not about the result, the result is always important but when something like that happens on the pitch it’s never nice.
“It really affects everyone out there. You can see the distress on everyone’s faces and how much everyone was around him and caring for him, even the Leeds players were there caring for him so that was a nice touch.
“It’s tough to comprehend what’s happened. He is such a young lad with the world at his feet, so for something like that to happen at this point in his career is tough.
“But he is an amazing player and an amazing person and I’m sure once he’s had a bit of time to recover he’ll be able to hit the ground running and get on with his recovery.
“It’s tough. Not many people have got their heads round it yet. But we will all be there for him on his road to recovery.”
Overshadowed by his injury, but Elliot endured another stellar display in a Liverpool shirt – the decision to start him actually earned the teenager a place in the history books, as he became the youngest midfield player to start three consecutive league games for Liverpool.
It is a testament to Elliot’s talent that Klopp opted against buying a central midfield replacement for the now-departed Gini Wijnaldum, instead throwing the former Fulham star into the thick of the action.
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Elliot has already issued an update to fans, taking to Instagram to write: “I’m of course absolutely devastated with what happened yesterday at Leeds, but have been totally overwhelmed by the love and support shown to me by the entire football world following the injury.
“Thank you so much to everyone who has reached out or sent messages to me and my family, it means so much to us.
“Also a massive thanks to everyone inside Elland Road for the reception you gave me immediately after it happened.
“I am now fully focused on my recovery and will give everything in my rehabilitation to be back out there as soon as I can. I know I have an incredible support network behind me at Liverpool and together we will get through this.
“To all of the Liverpool fans, your support means the world to me. I’m one of you and I can’t wait to be back faster, fitter and stronger to help the team in the future. You’ll Never Walk Alone!”
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