Harvey Elliott’s father has hailed his son’s hard work and positive mentality as he returned from a serious ankle injury to score his first ever Liverpool goal.
Elliott, 18, was sidelined for a long time when he dislocated his ankle against Leeds on September 12.
The horror injury came shortly after the teenager earned a surprise spot in Jurgen Klopp’s line-up to start the season, but Elliott fought back to return early from the dislocation.
Returning as a 58th-minute substitute in a 3-1 FA Cup win over Cardiff, Elliott brilliantly collected an Andy Robertson cross before spinning and firing in an unstoppable effort for his first Liverpool goal .
A video then went viral of Elliott’s father Scott emotionally celebrating the goal in the crowd, and he has since revealed what the moment meant in a YouTube interview.
“Very proud, he worked so hard and what he did, I was very emotional for him,” Scott said.
“I know how much it meant to him to run on this pitch in front of these fans, he is one of them, he loves the club.
“It was a very emotional day, exhausting in fact, it was tiring in fact, so glad he got through it.
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“It’s something we’ve always dreamed of, I’m sure Harvey has done it, I have, since he was very, very young, even practicing in the garden pre-academy.
“He was always a Liverpool fan, scoring past the Kop, can you imagine that, one in a million chance of achieving that dream.”
But what impressed Scott the most was his son’s positive attitude.
Harvey was quick to offer his support to Pascal Struijk, who was inadvertently responsible for the injury, with his father saying it was the first thing they thought of.
Second, Harvey’s recovery, with his key mentality for the youngster to return a month earlier than expected.
“I can honestly say that I never had a single negative word from him, I never heard it,” he explained.
“We were told about six months which took us to mid-March and it was kind of like when he broke his collarbone it was six weeks and we went out to the doctors and said f*** I’m back four.
“It was the same thing, he said ‘dad, I’m going to come back, I’m taking a month off this’.
“He worked hard every day, people don’t see it, he worked a lot harder now than he would when he was fit, six days a week.
“Seeing him go through this journey without any negativity has made us so proud as a family, he’s not the footballer, he’s the man he becomes, he’s such a humble boy, it’s moving .”
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