Klopp says Elliott suffered suspected dislocated ankle as Van Dijk promises full support

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Elliott,
who
has
made
a
bright
start
to
the
season
for
the
Reds,
suffered
the
injury
in
a
challenge
with
Leeds
defender
Pascal
Struijk
midway
through
the
second
half
at
Elland
Road
on
Sunday.

Liverpool
were
leading
2-0
at
the
time
thanks
to
goals
from
Mohamed
Salah
and
Fabinho,
with
Elliott
receiving
lengthy
treatment
on
the
pitch
before
being
transferred
to
hospital.

Struijk,
who
got
the
ball
with
his
sliding
challenge,
was
given
a
straight
red
card
by
referee
Craig
Pawson,
with
Liverpool
going
on
to
cap
off
a
fine
performance
with
Sadio
Mane
adding
a
third
late
on.

Speaking
to
BBC
Sport,
Klopp
said:
“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.”

Klopp
went
onto
the
pitch
and
also
talked
animatedly
to
the
fourth
official
while
Elliott
was
receiving
treatment,
though
he
insisted
he
was
unconcerned
with
whether
Struijk
would
see
red.

“I
couldn’t
care
less
[if
it
was
a
red],
it
is
not
my
business,”
he
continued.
“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.”

Klopp
was
also
emotional
in
his
interview
with
Sky
Sports.

“Do
I
want
such
a
young
boy
to
have
this
experience
in
his
career?
No.
We
will
play
football
without
him,
but
we
will
wait
for
him
as
well
because
he
is
a
top
player,”
he
said.

“I
saw
the
situation.
I
could
see
his
foot
was
not
in
the
right
place.
That
is
why
we
were
all
shocked.”

Last
season,
Liverpool’s
Van
Dijk
suffered
a
similarly
serious
injury
when
he
sustained
anterior
cruciate
ligament
damage
due
to
a
challenge
from
Everton
goalkeeper
Jordan
Pickford.

The
injury
kept
Van
Dijk
out
for
the
rest
of
the
campaign
as
Liverpool
relinquished
the
Premier
League
title
they
won
for
the
first
time
in
2019-20.

“First
and
foremost
all
of
our
thoughts
and
prayers
are
going
to
Harvey,
hopefully
he
recovers
quickly
and
as
good
as
possible
from
it,”
Van
Dijk
told
Sky
Sports.

“We
have
no
idea
of
the
diagnosis
of
it
but
obviously
it
looks
bad.
For
the
moment
it
happened
I
think
you
saw
Mo
[Salah]
already
shouting
to
the
side
that
it
was
really
serious,
then
you
look
at
the
reaction
of
Harvey,
you
know
that
it’s
really
serious.”

Asked
if
his
personal
experience
will
mean
he
can
provide
support
to
Elliott,
Van
Dijk
replied:
“Yes,
100
per
cent.

“I’ve
experienced
all
the
players,
staff,
everyone
around
Liverpool,
the
fans
had
my
back
and
were
there
for
me
in
difficult
times
too.
I’m
sure
we
will
all
be
there
for
him
and
the
club
will
be
there
for
him
no
matter
what.”

Shortly
after
full
time,
Elliott
posted
a
message
to
his
official
Instagram
account.

“Thank
you
for
all
the
messages
guys,”
the
post
read.
“Road
to
recovery.
YNWA.”

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