Harvey Elliott is set to return to action this season, according to the Liverpool club doctor, after the midfielder underwent successful ankle surgery on Tuesday.
Liverpool have confirmed that Elliott suffered a fractured dislocation of his left ankle joint, and he will now begin a rehabilitation program without delay for his return.
However, club doctor Dr Jim Moxon – who looked after Elliott on the pitch with first-team physiotherapist Chris Morgan – has said a comeback this season is possible.
“We were able to reduce the dislocation immediately in the field and Harvey had surgery today to repair the fracture and ligaments damaged in the incident. The operation was a success so his return is starting now,” said Dr. Moxon.
“We will not put pressure on him by setting a specific deadline beyond being able to confidently say that we expect him to return later in the season after our rehab program.”
Leeds have appealed Pascal Struijk’s red card for the challenge which injured the teenager from Liverpool.
The 18-year-old was lying on a stretcher in the second half of Liverpool’s 3-0 win at Leeds on Sunday as Struijk received a direct red card from referee Craig Pawson after a VAR intervention.
Elliott absolved Struijk of all blame, describing the incident as a “freak accident”.
Liverpool boss Klopp was awaiting an update on Elliott’s condition when he held his press conference ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League game with AC Milan.
“I spoke to him right after the game, he was in the best place he could be,” said Elliott’s Klopp. “He had already accepted that he would be away for a while.
“He is in London and will be operated on today (Tuesday). This is the next stop on the way home.”
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 during this time.”
Carragher: the great Salah of all time deserves a new deal
Jamie Carragher says Mohamed Salah will be in Liverpool’s historic XI and wants to see him sign a new deal at Anfield.
Salah scored his 100th Premier League goal in the 3-0 win over Leeds United on Sunday and Carragher believes his impact at Liverpool is still underestimated.
“He’s extremely important and sometimes I feel sorry for Mo Salah because I think he goes under the radar when it comes to Liverpool,” he told Monday Night Football.
“When people talk about Liverpool’s league win, they always come back to Liverpool by signing Alisson and Virgil Van Dijk. Mo Salah arrived six months ago. [Van Dijk].
“It’s the three, but everyone mentions that it was the goalkeeper and center-back who brought Liverpool to this next level. Mo Salah is a big part of that.
“You also have to remember that Salah is playing from the right. Yes, he’s a wide attacker but he doesn’t play in the middle. It’s Johnny on the spot.
“If he plays a few scoreless games, you just think there’s one coming up because it’s Mo Salah.