Harvey Elliott arrived in London on Tuesday to undergo surgery on his ankle injury, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has confirmed.
The Reds boss awaits an update on the young midfielder’s condition after suffering an ankle dislocation against Leeds on Sunday, while Elliott insisted Pascal Struijk was not to blame for the horror wound.
The 18-year-old was taken on a stretcher in the 3-0 win at Elland Road.
Elliott’s ankle got stuck after a challenge from Struijk and he suffered a dislocation, with Mohammed Salah frantically gesturing for the game to be stopped so he could receive medical treatment.
The youngster was taken to hospital, before returning home later the same day as Liverpool confirmed he would need surgery for the injury.
And Klopp, speaking ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League opener against AC Milan, revealed he was due to have surgery on Tuesday.
“I spoke to him the night after the game and he was in the best possible place at the time,” Klopp said in his pre-match press conference.
“Today he is in London and will be operated on today. We are all waiting to hear from this.
Elliott’s teammates were clearly bothered by the severity of the injury at the time, but they’ve all come together ever since.
“What happened with Harvey made me sad. It’s hard to deal with when you’re on the pitch,” said goaltender Alisson Becker.
“All the players have a big role to play in supporting him, we have to do our best right now.”
Elliott now faces a long stint on the sidelines, while Struijk has been criticized for his reckless challenge in his side’s 3-0 defeat at Elland Road, after which he was sent off.
But the 18-year-old Reds star took to Instagram to defend the Leeds player and insisted there were no hard feelings.
He wrote: “It wasn’t his fault anything!
“It wasn’t a red card either, just a freak accident, but these things happen in football. I will come back 100% stronger. Thank you for all the support.
Struijk himself sent his best wishes to Elliott in an Instagram post and admitted he was “gutted”.
He said: “In today’s game something happened that I don’t wish on anyone.
“Harvey Elliott, my thoughts are with you. I’m disgusted and never wanted this to happen. I wish you a speedy recovery and hope to see you back in the field soon.
Elliott is now on the road to recovery and showed off his class while in the hospital.
A young boy was in the hospital bed next to him after breaking his arm while playing football, and the Liverpool ace gave him his shirt and boot.
Twitter user @jaytothelo posted a screenshot of a post that read: “My son just broke his arm during a soccer game this afternoon.
“Who comes on the bed next to him… Harvey Elliott and his family. Gives him his LFC match top and shoe. The son is buzzing now.
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