Liverpool boss Klopp reacts to ‘serious’ Harvey Elliott injury as Leeds chief says ‘sorry’


Jurgen Klopp showed concern for his player after Liverpool’s 3-0 win over Leeds (Picture: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Jurgen Klopp has confirmed Harvey Elliott has been taken to hospital after suffering a ‘serious’ injury in what could be a dislocated ankle.

Liverpool ran out 3-0 winners over Leeds on Sunday evening but the match was overshadowed by Elliott being stretchered off in the second half.

A heavy challenge from Leeds defender Pascal Struijk, who saw red for the tackle, resulted in the 18-year-old collapsing to the floor in pain as team-mate Mo Salah ran over to him calling for the medics.

Struijk himself looked distraught at the incident with Elliott in clear discomfort and replays were not shown on Sky Sports given the severity of the situation.

Thankfully, Elliott left the pitch clapping both sets of fans, and has since thanked supporters for their support with an Instagram post.

An emotional Klopp spoke about the incident at full-time and was understandably not interested in debating the red card, choosing to focus on his player’s welfare.

‘Harvey Elliott is in hospital, a bad ankle injury for sure. It looked like it was dislocated, the medical department put it back. Massive pain, shock for him, for us and we don’t know more. We have to wait,’ he said.

Harvey Elliott left the pitch on a stretcher (Picture: Oli Scarff/AFP via Getty Images)

‘I couldn’t care less (if it was a red card), it is not my business. It is a serious injury, definitely for an 18-year-old boy. The red card is not important. Two or three weeks we can play on, Harvey will not.

‘We played a really good game until Harvey had to go, the whole team was shocked and we lost rhythm. That is normal, human.

‘We played as good as we can against Leeds. You have to be ready for brutal intensity. The crowd was there and an exciting football game with us as the deserved winner.

‘I spoke to the boys afterwards, we have to speak a little bit about the football but Harvey overshadows it. I like intense football so I probably liked the game.’

Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani also sent his best wishes to Elliott and admitted he felt ‘sorry’ for the unfortunate incident.

‘I wish the boy well. This is football. It’s accidental,’ he said.

‘Personally I feel sorry for the boy. The injury is difficult for him.

‘We cannot control that kind of injury. It was accidental but I am honestly sorry for the player.’

Salah, Sadio Mane and Fabinho grabbed the goals for the Reds to send them third in the table, level on points with Manchester United and Chelsea.


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