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Liverpool issue Harvey Elliott injury update – surgery required

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sun, 09/12/2021 - 21:19

Liverpool have confirmed that Harvey Elliott will undergo surgery next week after dislocating his ankle, having been discharged from a Leeds hospital on Sunday night.

Elliott was stretchered off just after the hour mark in Liverpool‘s 3-0 win at Elland Road, having landed harshly on his ankle following a challenge from Pascal Struijk.

The 18-year-old was immediately taken to Leeds General Infirmary where he received treatment for the rest of the evening, being discharged before 9pm.

Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, Jurgen Klopp confirmed it was a “bad injury,” but offered hope as he explained that it was a dislocated ankle and “we could put it back.”

It had been hoped, then, that Elliott’s injury was not as bad as feared, however a statement from the club has now revealed that the midfielder will require surgery:

Liverpool Football Club can confirm Harvey Elliott has been discharged from hospital after suffering a serious ankle injury in the game against Leeds United on Sunday.

“The 18-year-old was stretchered from the field at Elland Road after sustaining the injury in a challenge midway through the second half.

“Elliott will be required to undergo surgery in the coming days and the club will offer a further update on his prognosis in due course.

“Harvey, his family and Liverpool FC would like to place on record their thanks to the paramedics and all the staff at Leeds General Infirmary for the care and treatment given.”

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According to The Athletic‘s James Pearce, Elliott’s operation is likely to take place on Tuesday, which would suggest any timeframe for his recovery will not be set until late next week.

The teenager has already taken to Instagram to mark the “road to recovery,” while a photo of a young boy with his match-worn shirt and boot has gone viral, with Elliott having gifted them to the child in the hospital bed next to him.

It will be a long rehabilitation process for Elliott after his surgery, with it likely that he misses a period of many months, with even the most optimistic return being around Christmas-time.

Curtis Jones is among the players who could fill in throughout his absence, with Naby Keita, James Milner and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain other options in midfield.

Fabinho, Thiago and Jordan Henderson are likely to remain the first-choice trio, and should start together for the Champions League opener at home to AC Milan on Wednesday night.

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Harvey Elliott shows his class with gift to fan while in Leeds hospital!

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sun, 09/12/2021 - 20:59

Harvey Elliott could be forgiven for being in his own head after a horror ankle injury, but while in hospital he still made another’s day after gifting his shirt and boot.

The afternoon did not end as the 18-year-old had hoped, with his third start in the Premier League seeing him suffer a dislocated ankle that sent him to hospital in Leeds.

Jurgen Klopp was emotional as he addressed the match post-match press after witnessing the horror injury, while his teammates too were quick to send him their well wishes.

But after arriving at the hospital in Leeds, Elliott found himself next to a young footballer who had broken his arm earlier in the day and what came next was a touch of class from the youngster.

As circulated around social media, Elliott gifted his shirt from the game and one of his boots to the young lad, who is “buzzing now.”

It’s an incredible act at a time when his short-term goals with Liverpool were thrown into disarray having so clearly earned the trust of his manager.

And the gesture captured the attention of fans, who were quick to commend Elliott’s actions, and it was not just Reds who had words to share:

The definition of class. This kid has a heart of gold. So mature for his age! ?? pic.twitter.com/8zDnyxH6G7

— Paul Lloyd (@Lloydy_2020) September 12, 2021

Quality gesture from Harvey Elliott, a real ambassador for #Liverpool – let's hope he is back on the pitch ASAP. pic.twitter.com/zTKVjX3bF7

— Andy McGurk (@AndyMcGurk) September 12, 2021

Not a fan of Leeds or Liverpool fans or players. But don't like anyone injured. This is a nice touch. Speedy recovery to the lad and Elliott. pic.twitter.com/TIvwtYeTy7

— Danny Murphy (@elmurf5) September 12, 2021

Class by Harvey Elliott of Liverpool. The poor lads season is over before its begun yet he makes this young lads world by this gesture!

Respect#harveyelliott https://t.co/mOLyQ4Arno

— Huddersfield Town Family ??????? ? ?? ? (@htafc_family) September 12, 2021

Unbelievable ???????? pic.twitter.com/vfUW3PxunV

— 6startravel (@6startravel1) September 12, 2021

Pure class https://t.co/obHjMM4Olq

— Billy Liddell (@Liddellpool) September 12, 2021

I really, really want Harvey Elliott to become a Liverpool legend.

He absolutely gets the football club and you can already see that fans identify with him. https://t.co/XKHOQiBVYK

— ReviewFootball (@ReviewFootball) September 12, 2021

Anything like this is what the game is about. Class act, from a great young player. Hope it’s a quick recovery for Elliott https://t.co/Gy956FJqYl

— Owen Williams (@OwenW5) September 12, 2021

He’s just class through and through Harvey Elliott isn’t he.

Probably the worst experience in his career so far and he’s still thinking of others. https://t.co/wDuMiNy6CV

— Dan Reilly (@DanReilly92) September 12, 2021

It’s a class touch at a time when he could be forgiven for only thinking of himself, but that he didn’t shows the character Elliott is.

He had already endeared himself to fans, but this is another nod to the person behind the player.

The club has since confirmed the teenager has now been discharged from hospital, but will require surgery on his ankle in the coming days.

Now, let’s hope for a swift and trouble-free recovery for Elliott.

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Harvey Elliott update

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sun, 09/12/2021 - 20:56

Liverpool Football Club can confirm Harvey Elliott has been discharged from hospital after suffering a serious ankle injury in the game against Leeds United on Sunday.

The 18-year-old was stretchered from the field at Elland Road after sustaining the injury in a challenge midway through the second half.

Elliott will be required to undergo surgery in the coming days and the club will offer a further update on his prognosis in due course.

Harvey, his family and Liverpool FC would like to place on record their thanks to the paramedics and all the staff at Leeds General Infirmary for the care and treatment given.

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Harvey Elliott update

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 09/12/2021 - 20:56
Liverpool Football Club can confirm Harvey Elliott has been discharged from hospital after suffering a serious ankle injury in the game against Leeds United on Sunday.
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Watch highlights now: Leeds United 0-3 Liverpool

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sun, 09/12/2021 - 20:30

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Mohamed Salah's 100th Premier League goal was followed up by second-half finishes from Fabinho and Sadio Mane to secure the three points for the Reds.

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Watch highlights now: Leeds United 0-3 Liverpool

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4 key points from Jurgen Klopp’s post-Leeds press conference

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sun, 09/12/2021 - 20:15

The injury to Harvey Elliott dominated post-match discussion for Jurgen Klopp, but the manager was full of praise for a “really good game” from Liverpool in their 3-0 win at Leeds.

Here are four key things the boss told the media and supporters in his press conference:

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1. All we can do is wait on Elliott scans

The 18-year-old went straight to hospital after being stretchered off the field at Elland Road, where Klopp went on to say it was a dislocation of his ankle.

A horror injury but one that means all Liverpool can do is wait and see what the damage is.

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 for further examinations, scans.”

It’ll certainly be months on the sidelines but all our thoughts are with Harvey.

2. A “really good game” from his boys

 Liverpool's Sadio Mané (2nd from L) celebrates after scoring the third goal during the FA Premier League match between Leeds United FC and Liverpool FC at Elland Road. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

There was a shadow over the game following the injury, but it was still an impressive display from Liverpool as they gave Leeds little encouragement all the while punishing their man-marking system.

The win keeps the Reds joint-top alongside Chelsea and Man United on 10 points, but the manager is only focusing on the now after once again being drawn back to the title triumph.

“I’m not interested in the form we were in when we won the title, I’m interested in the best possible shape we can have now,” Klopp said.

“We played a really good game today!”

3. Lots of shots but Klopp wants clear cut chances

“We should have had more clear cut chances, we had a lot of shots but we should have had more clear cut chances.”

Liverpool were not shy in the final third, 30 shots on goal say as much in comparison to Leeds‘ nine — Mane himself was responsible for 10 with one goal to his name.

But a lot of goals went begging and the conversion rate is certainly a key area for improvement and the next chance to do just that is against AC Milan on Wednesday.

4. Elliott challenge not due to refs letting the game flow

 Liverpool's Harvey Elliott is carried off injured during the FA Premier League match between Leeds United FC and Liverpool FC at Elland Road. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

And, finally, Klopp was firm in his stance that he wanted his view on challenges and referees now letting the game ‘flow’ to be separate from the tackle on Elliott.

“I don’t think the situation today had anything to do with it,” Klopp explained after his previous comments on player welfare after the Burnley game.

He went on to say on the changes: “The problem with letting the game flow is that players naturally now try to use that, it’s a normal thing. Players don’t want to injure each other they just want to go in hard, proper challenges.

“The main problem last season was the game didn’t flow enough, then I saw a completely different season!”

    LEEDS 0-3 LIVERPOOL

 Liverpool's Fabio Henrique Tavares 'Fabinho' celebrates after scoring the second goal during the FA Premier League match between Leeds United FC and Liverpool FC at Elland Road. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

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Jürgen Klopp's analysis of Liverpool's victory over Leeds

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sun, 09/12/2021 - 19:51

Jürgen Klopp was impressed by the way Liverpool executed their game plan to achieve a ‘convincing’ 3-0 victory over Leeds United on Sunday.

The Reds made it 10 points from a possible 12 this season as they returned to Premier League duty at a capacity Elland Road, with goals from Mohamed Salah, Fabinho and Sadio Mane securing the win for the visitors.

Analysing the performance of his side at his post-match press conference, Klopp felt even more clear opportunities could have been created but was encouraged by Liverpool’s assured overall display in defeating a fiercely backed home team.

“We did well,” said the manager. “We defended them really bravely, we defended them in the right spaces and that’s obviously how it is: offensive players can get on the ball if you allow the passes to the offensive players.

“Our idea was to cut out [Kalvin] Phillips, which is important; to cut out the passes they usually want to play, how they want to find him in the centre. That took a little bit of their game plan away or whatever.

“In our case, I think we had a lot of moments where we won the ball and then we were obviously [in a] quite expansive formation we have in possession and we used the space quite well to set our own attacks.

“But, how I said, without intensity it’s not possible, this is not a game you can play nice like chess – you have to throw everything on the pitch to make little advantages. We did that. That’s what I liked most about the game, that we were really ready – for the atmosphere today, the intensity Leeds are asking for. It’s a really tough place to come and we did really well.

“We played here last year and now a third time, this obviously was the most convincing performance so far. Last year we won at home, yes, it was more spectacular. And an away game here without a crowd is obviously a completely different cup of tea, it was 1-1, it was not even close to as good as we were today.

“So, yes, I’m happy with the performance.”

The success in Yorkshire meant the Reds kept pace with the early leaders in the Premier League, joining Manchester United and Chelsea at the summit.

Asked how close his squad is to regularly reproducing the kind of form that gained Liverpool the title in 2019-20, Klopp said: “I’m not interested in the form we had when we won the title, I am interested in the best possible shape we can have now, and I don’t even know it.

“So, obviously we played a really good game today, but it was necessary. To play a little bit worse, a little bit less good, then Leeds will punish you. You saw that. I think after two minutes there were already two or three counter-attacks on both sidelines, runs box to box, that was the outlook for the game. It was clear it would be really tough.

“But then we pressed exceptionally well, that’s why we won a lot of balls, that’s why we could play from there. It was, of course, far away from being perfect; we scored nice goals but we should have had more clear-cut chances.

“We had a lot of finishes – 30, I heard – but we should have had more clear-cut chances. But that’s no problem, today 3-0 is brilliant. But we know we have space for improvement and we have to do that.”

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Jürgen Klopp's analysis of Liverpool's victory over Leeds

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 09/12/2021 - 19:51
Jürgen Klopp was impressed by the way Liverpool executed their game plan to achieve a ‘convincing’ 3-0 victory over Leeds United on Sunday.
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Virgil van Dijk on supporting Harvey Elliott and Reds' win at Leeds

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 09/12/2021 - 19:30
Virgil van Dijk offered his thoughts and prayers to Harvey Elliott after Liverpool's victory at Leeds United on Sunday afternoon.
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Harvey Elliott injury update

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 09/12/2021 - 19:26
Jürgen Klopp confirmed Liverpool will need to await further assessment on the ankle injury Harvey Elliott sustained during Sunday’s 3-0 win at Leeds United, but admitted it was a ‘bad one’.
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Liverpool's win at Leeds marred by Elliott injury

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Sun, 09/12/2021 - 19:00

Liverpool ran out 3-0 winners at Leeds but the result was marred by a serious leg injury sustained to Harvey Elliott and red card to Pascal Struijk.

After goals from Mohamed Salah - his 100th in the Premier League - and Fabinho, the game took an unfortunate twist when Elliott suffered the injury on 59 minutes in a challenge with Pascal Struijk, who received a controversial red card after a VAR review. Play was halted for a number of minutes early in the second half as Elliott received treatment from Liverpool's medical staff.

Sky Sports' co-commentator Gary Neville said: "The most important thing is the boy but I'm not sure it's a red card. The red card is a result of the injury rather than the tackle."

Sadio Mane, after spurning a hatful of chances, scored in injury-time to wrap up the points.

Even before the red card Liverpool were dominant across all areas of the pitch with Alexander-Arnold, back at right-back after his midfield experiment with England, playing a part in both opening goals. Jurgen Klopp's men could and should have had a hatful of goals as Mane was especially culpable at not making more of the team's 30 efforts at goal with Mane having 10 of them.

Liverpool move up to third, level on points with Manchester United and Chelsea, while Leeds remain winless this season.

Player ratings

Leeds: Meslier (6), Ayling (6), Firpo (6), Cooper (5), Llorente (6), Dallas (5), Phillips (7), Harrison (5), Raphinha (6), Rodrigo (5), Bamford (6)

Subs: Roberts (6), Struijk (5), James (5)

Liverpool: Alisson (7), Alexander-Arnold (8), Robertson (7), Van Dijk (8), Matip (7), Fabinho (8), Thiago (8), Elliott (8), Mane (6), Jota (7), Salah (7)

Subs: Henderson (7), Oxlade-Chamberlain (6)

Man of the match: Thiago

How Liverpool shone at Elland Road…

The atmosphere inside the ground was electric and the roof nearly came off inside six minutes but Rodrigo couldn't beat Alisson from 15 yards out after some silky play down the line by Raphinha.

From then on, Liverpool took over as Leeds chased shadows.

Team news
  • Just the one change for Leeds from the 1-1 draw at Burnley last time out as Junior Firpo came in at left-back for Pascal Struijk, who dropped down to the bench. Dan James was named on the substitutes bench along with Mateusz Klich.
  • Jurgen Klopp made two changes to the side that drew 1-1 with Chelsea before the international break as Diogo Jota and Thiago replaced Jordan Henderson and Roberto Firmino.

With the home crowd quietened, Diogo Jota tested Illan Meslier with a looping effort before Salah opened the scoring on 20 minutes.

Joel Matip was the architect, driving with the ball from centre-back to open the play up and releasing Alexander-Arnold down the right. His quality from the wide area was up to his usual high standard and Salah had an easy finish to join the Premier League 100 club.

The ball was in Meslier's net again five minutes later as Thiago headed home another Alexander-Arnold cross, but Salah had strayed offside in the build-up and the delayed flag put pay to the celebrations.

Leeds were hanging on but Liverpool kept letting them off their hook with some poor finishing.

Mane showed great movement to get free on the back post on 27 minutes but somehow managed to scoop a shanked effort over the bar from no more than four yards out. Virgil van Dijk was the next Liverpool player to waste a glorious chance, headed off target from eight yards out from another superb Alexander-Arnold delivery.

Such was the dominance on show from the visitors, Neville said: "Leeds have been given a right doing here."

Liverpool went into the break knowing they were unbeaten in their last 91 Premier League matches when leading at half-time (W82, D9) dating back to 2016 when losing to Bournemouth.

They emerged from the tunnel with the look of a team keen to finish the job. Mane should have on 48 minutes but was denied by a brilliant last-ditch block by a combination of Struijk and Kalvin Phillips.

Liverpool would get the second goal from the following corner. Alexander-Arnold did the expert delivering again, finding Van Dijk, who headed down into a dangerous area and Fabinho prodded home from close range.

Liverpool's Fabinho celebrates after scoring against Leeds Image: Liverpool's Fabinho celebrates after scoring against Leeds

The game took a sour turn moments later when Elliott went down after a coming together with Struijk and Salah immediately signalled towards the bench for the medics to rush on with Elliott clearly in major discomfort. Although referee Craig Pawson didn't originally show a red card, a VAR review deemed the challenge from the Leeds man as a serious offence and he was dismissed.

Neville described the challenge as "a robust one, but not a nasty one".

Elliott, making his fourth Premier League appearance of the campaign, was replaced by Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson.

Leeds' new signing Daniel James replaced Harrison soon after for his club debut, but made little impact as Liverpool remained so dangerous in the final third.

Mane broke clear and pulled another effort wide with the goal beckoning.

But Leeds conceded a third when Mane turned on to Fabinho's ball inside and drove home a low finish in the closing stages.

'No malice in Elliott challenge'

Sky Sports' Jamie Redknapp:

"Every time you go in for a challenge, you are going to endanger someone.

"Having seen it, I feel personally that it's an innocuous challenge. Does he mean to hurt him? No, of course he doesn't. It's just one of those that happens every now and again in football.

"I actually feel sorry for the player involved because it's a very difficult thing for a player. Players find it really hard to get over those sort of things, so it's an awful situation all-round."

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Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk says all of the squad's thoughts are with Harvey Elliott after the teenager suffered a horrible injury during their 3-0 win at Leeds. What the managers said...

Jurgen Klopp said: "It's a bad injury to his ankle. I heard it was dislocated so we could put it back and he's now in hospital. We have to wait, obviously. He played an incredible game and is an incredible player who is out.

"Do I want such a young boy early in his career to have this experience? No, but now it's the case so we have to be there and we will be there. We'll play football without him but we will wait for him as well because obviously he's a top player.

"I saw the situation and I saw immediately the extent as I could see his foot was not in the right place. That's why we were shocked."

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says everyone is in shock after Harvey Elliott suffered a terrible injury against Leeds, and insists they will all be there for the 18-year-old during his recovery.

Marcelo Bielsa said: "Pascal recovered the ball. The action to get the ball didn't have an infraction, but I have the feeling that the movement of the rest of his body after he recovered the ball made him hit Elliott.

"These types of recoveries of the ball are totally frequent. The difference here was Pascal's speed and power hit the opponent and that caused the injury.

"I regret dearly that such a young player who was playing at a high level was interrupted through this. I hope he is able to get back.

"For me the referee decides. He has enough resources to make the decision and I don't know why the decision wasn't immediate and it was after. But I never like to condition the decisions the referee makes."

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Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa was disappointed with his side's performance and admits Liverpool were by far the better team as they were beaten 3-0 at Elland Road. Opta stats
  • Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 11 meetings with Leeds in all competitions (W8 D3) since a 2-1 home loss in April 2001.
  • Leeds have failed to win any of their opening four league games in a top-flight campaign for the first time since 1958-59.
  • Since the start of last season, Liverpool have scored more Premier League goals from corners than any other side (13), while Leeds have conceded the most in this fashion in that time (also 13).
  • Liverpool had 30 shots in this match, taking their tally to 100 for the season - at least 16 more than any other Premier League side.
  • Salah became the 30th different player to score 100 Premier League goals, with only four players reaching the milestone in fewer appearances than the Egyptian (162 games).
  • Mané eventually scored with his 10th shot in this match, the most shots he's ever had in a single Premier League game.
What's next?

Leeds face Newcastle live on Sky Sports Premier League from 7.30pm on Friday, with kick-off at 8pm.

Liverpool host AC Milan in the Champions League on Wednesday night then continue their Premier League campaign at home to Crystal Palace on Saturday at 3pm.

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Match report: Salah, Fabinho and Mane strike in Elland Road win

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 09/12/2021 - 18:34
Liverpool made a winning return to Premier League action with a 3-0 victory at Leeds United on Sunday that was marred by a serious injury to Harvey Elliott.
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Match report: Liverpool FC Women 0-0 Bristol City

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 09/12/2021 - 16:56
Liverpool FC Women secured their first clean sheet of the season at Prenton Park but had to settle for a point against a well-organised Bristol City team.
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Team news: Confirmed Liverpool line-up v Leeds United

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sun, 09/12/2021 - 15:29

Thiago Alcantara is named in the starting line-up for Liverpool’s trip to Leeds United this afternoon.

The Spain midfielder begins the Premier League fixture at Elland Road, replacing Jordan Henderson as the Reds make two changes to the team deployed against Chelsea last time out.

The other sees Diogo Jota return for Roberto Firmino, who is ruled out due to a hamstring injury.

Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Thiago, Elliott, Mane, Salah, Jota.

Subs: Kelleher, Konate, Milner, Keita, Gomez, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jones, Tsimikas.

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Team news: Confirmed Liverpool line-up v Leeds United

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 09/12/2021 - 15:29
Thiago Alcantara is named in the starting line-up for Liverpool’s trip to Leeds United this afternoon.
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Klopp: We'll be there for Harvey

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Sun, 09/12/2021 - 14:35

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says the club will do all it can to support Harvey Elliott after the teenager sustained a serious injury during the Reds' 3-0 win at Leeds.

The home side played the final half an hour with 10 men after substitute Pascal Struijk was sent off for his challenge on Elliott, who received lengthy treatment before being carried off on a stretcher.

Elliott, 18, posted a picture of himself with thumbs up on Instagram before full-time, writing: "Thank you for the messages guys! Road to recovery. YNWA."

"It's a bad injury to his ankle," Klopp told Sky Sports. "I heard it was dislocated so we could put it back and he's now in hospital. We have to wait, obviously. He played an incredible game and is an incredible player who is out.

PA IMAGE Image: Elliott needed lengthy treatment on the pitch

"Do I want such a young boy early in his career to have this experience? No, but now it's the case so we have to be there and we will be there. We'll play football without him but we will wait for him as well because obviously he's a top player."

Klopp's side cruised to their fifth straight league win on the road and are now undefeated in 14 league games in total stretching back to last season.

Mohamed Salah turned home Trent Alexander-Arnold's trademark low cross in a one-sided first half - his 100th Premier League goal.

Harvey Elliott is consoled on the pitch Image: Harvey Elliott is consoled on the pitch

Salah became the 30th different centurion, with only four players reaching the milestone in fewer appearances than the Egyptian (162 games).

"With Mo's record, it's crazy," Klopp added. "I don't know how many he can break and he's probably desperate to do so. Since he joined us, what a player! And he's still hungry.

"I saw him in the dressing room and we were all in the situation concerning Harvey but he was still not happy for not scoring one or two other goals. That's how top-class players are and that's fine."

Fabinho struck five minutes into the second and Sadio Mane added a deserved late third to extend Liverpool's unbeaten start.

Salah Image: Salah became the 30th player to join the Premier League's 100-goal club

"I thought we were really good," Klopp continued. "We played for a long period a top game. After the red card and Harvey going off, obviously everybody was in shock and we lost our rhythm a little bit but still controlled the game.

"We gave them a little bit too many counter-attacks and set pieces, that's true, but who cares. We should've made more of the football we played.

"The goal for Mo from Trent's cross is an example of what we should've done more often. We had plenty of these situations but we just couldn't find a player.

"3-0 is a great result and we're not that greedy to the point of standing here and saying we should've won five, six or 7-0. We have a lot of chances, but we have space for improvement."

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Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk says all of the squad's thoughts are with Harvey Elliott after the teenager suffered a horrible injury during their 3-0 win at Leeds

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk to Sky Sports:

"First and foremost all our thoughts and prayers are going to Harvey. Hopefully, he recovers quickly and as well as possible from it. Obviously at this stage we have no idea of the diagnosis at this moment but it looked bad.

Apart from that, it was a fantastic win here in an intense game. I enjoyed it from the point of the view of the atmosphere as we've not experienced it for a while but there's clearly two feelings.

"From the moment the injury happened, I saw Mo [Salah] shouting to the side and I saw the reaction of Harvey so I knew it was really serious. It was difficult to re-focus but we had to deal with it. We tried to deal with it in the best possible way.

Great result and performance against a tough side. However it was horrible to see Harvey pick up an injury like that…. Thoughts are with him and I know he will have all the support he needs to come back even stronger! We are all here for you mate! ❤️ pic.twitter.com/TdWtLh4WaK

— Jordan Henderson (@JHenderson) September 12, 2021

"100 per cent I'll be there to support Harvey, and the good thing is that I've experienced with all the players and the staff at Liverpool that they had my back. They were there for me in difficult times too so I'm 100 per cent sure they'll be there for Harvey as well."

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson posted on Twitter: "Great result and performance against a tough side.

"However it was horrible to see Harvey pick up an injury like that... Thoughts are with him and I know he will have all the support he needs to come back even stronger! We are all here for you mate!"

Redknapp: No malice in Struijk challenge

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Jamie Redknapp wished Harvery Elliott a speedy recovery from his ankle injury but felt that the tackle from Pascal Struijk was innocuous and not a deliberate attempt to injury the player.

Sky Sports' Jamie Redknapp:

"I feel for him. The recovery starts now. What I would say is there are players who have come back from horrendous injuries. I think about Andre Gomes at Everton. People questioned whether he would play again.

"Fingers crossed it's a straight-forward break, because there are some that can be a lot more complicated and keep you out a lot longer.

"I feel so sorry for this young man. It's the start of an incredible journey for him. He just got into the first team and he looks so at home in the Premier League.

Pascal Struijk was dismissed for the challenge Image: Pascal Struijk was dismissed for the challenge

"No doubt he will do again. He's just got to be patient and listen to the right people. He'll feel heartbroken but I wish him a speedy recovery. Fingers crossed he comes back stronger."

"Every time you go in for a challenge, you are going to endanger someone.

"Having seen it, I feel personally that it's an innocuous challenge. Does he mean to hurt him? No, of course he doesn't. It's just one of those that happens every now and again in football.

"I actually feel sorry for the player involved because it's a very difficult thing for a player. Players find it really hard to get over those sort of things, so it's an awful situation all-round."

Bielsa concedes best team won

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Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa was disappointed with his side's performance and admits Liverpool were by far the better team as they were beaten 3-0 at Elland Road

Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa to Sky Sports:

"We were not in charge very often in the game. They were superior to us in all aspects. I don't know why. I need to know what reasons are. When we lost the ball they created danger. Of course it worries me that we lost 3-0."

On the red card: "I regret dearly the opponent was injured and I'm 100 per cent certain our player did not have a bad intention. I wish it had not happened."

Sadio Mane celebrates making it 3-0 Image: Sadio Mane celebrates making it 3-0

Leeds defender Stuart Dallas to Sky Sports:

"The crowd gave us a lift but Liverpool made it really difficult for us. You are not going to get too many chances. Unfortunately we couldn't take any of them. We want to make it as difficult as possible for teams coming to Elland Road.

"A 3-0 defeat is never good. We have got to be better than that and we're really, really disappointed.

"It's easy for people to say the second season [in the Premier League] is difficult. We've got two points from four games so it's easy for people to say that."

What's next? Friday 17th September 7:30pm Kick off 8:00pm Sky Sports Premier League HD Sky Sports Premier League HD

Leeds face Newcastle live on Sky Sports Premier League from 7.30pm on Friday, with kick-off at 8pm.

Liverpool host AC Milan in the Champions League on Wednesday night then continue their Premier League campaign at home to Crystal Palace on Saturday at 3pm.

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Why Thiago, Fabinho hold key for Liverpool

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Sun, 09/12/2021 - 14:30

Thiago Alcantara spoke in glowing terms about Liverpool team-mate Fabinho in conversation with Sky Sports in May. "He is a very smart and intelligent player," he said. "He knows how and where to be on the pitch, and he has great strength in challenges."

Thiago was finally beginning to settle at Liverpool after a difficult first season in the Premier League and it had a lot to do with the man whose influence he was so eager to talk up.

At the time, Liverpool had won the last seven games the pair had started together in midfield. Following Sunday's 3-0 victory against Leeds at Elland Road, that number now stands at nine.

The game will of course be remembered primarily for the sickening injury sustained by Harvey Elliott. The suspected dislocated ankle is a cruel blow for the 18-year-old, who had started the season brilliantly. But Liverpool's midfield is in good hands.

Their injury issues prevented Jurgen Klopp from pairing Thiago and Fabinho together for much of last season but there's nothing stopping him now and that's good news for their title chances.

Between them at Elland Road, the pair dominated the midfield, working in tandem to smother Leeds and then pick them apart.

Fabinho scored the second goal. Thiago set up the third.

But those were just two of many standout moments.

Fabinho was in the right place at the right time for his goal and the same could be said for his entire performance. Leeds tried but they simply could not find a way past him.

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There was a period of around two minutes in the first half which encapsulated his importance to Klopp's side.

First, he stuck out a leg to prevent a Jack Harrison through-ball from putting Rodrigo in on goal. Then, after Liverpool had lost possession in midfield less than 30 seconds later, he cut out another probing forward pass, this time from Pascal Struijk.

Soon, Leeds were coming forward again. Rodrigo had released Stuart Dallas on the right-hand side. The counter-attack was on. But there was Fabinho, once again, to block his attempted ball over the top before it could reach Patrick Bamford.

Fabinho intercepts Jack Harrison's through-ball intended for Rodrigo Image: Fabinho intercepts Jack Harrison's through-ball intended for Rodrigo Fabinho then cuts out Pascal Struijk's pass forward Image: Fabinho then cuts out Pascal Struijk's pass forward Fabinho gets his body in the way of Stuart Dallas's ball over the top Image: Fabinho gets his body in the way of Stuart Dallas's ball over the top

Three potentially dangerous situations all stamped out with a minimum of fuss in the space of a couple of minutes. They are not the kind of interventions that appear in highlights reels but they are crucial nonetheless - and they are Fabinho's speciality.

At the halfway point of the game, the 27-year-old had made a total of five interceptions - one more than the other 21 players on the pitch had managed between them.

It was typical of a player who acts as a security blanket for this Liverpool side and, against Leeds, he also ensured there was cover in place when Joel Matip and Virgil van Dijk carried the ball out of defence.

Thiago Fabinho

Matip and Van Dijk's forward bursts were a feature of Liverpool's performance at Elland Road. The tactic was used by Klopp in order to destabilise Marcelo Bielsa's man-marking system but it was only thanks to Fabinho's intelligent positioning that it worked.

Each time one of them went, Fabinho dropped in behind them. Liverpool's centre-backs were free to charge into the final third and Leeds found themselves outfoxed and outnumbered.

It was Matip's pass, remember, that allowed Trent Alexander-Arnold to set up Mohamed Salah's opener. All the while, Fabinho was waiting to snuff out potential counter-attacks behind him.

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Jurgen Klopp says everyone is in shock after Harvey Elliott's injury

Fabinho did not do the defensive work on his own. In fact Thiago made more tackles (four) and more ball recoveries (10) than anyone else on the pitch. But the Spaniard's main duties are with the ball at his feet and that's where he truly excelled at Elland Road.

"That Liverpool midfield wasn't perhaps the most athletic or mobile," said Gary Neville on the Gary Neville Podcast afterwards. "Klopp could have played Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Naby Keita to match Leeds up. But it was all about composure.

"Thiago reminded me of the way Paul Scholes played at Anfield. There would be a frantic spell in the game and all of sudden there would be a small guy in the middle of the pitch who would get his foot on the ball and there would be calm and peace.

Thiago

"Michael Carrick could do the same and Thiago did the same today. It was an example of what he has been signed to do. When it's frantic and desperate, put your foot on the ball and play the pass that opens the game up. He did that."

Leeds did their best to press him. In fact, Kalvin Phillips could be seen breathing down his neck as early as the first few seconds of the game. But Thiago evaded his marker's close attention on that occasion and it was the same story for the rest of the afternoon.

The deft pass to set up Sadio Mane's goal was one of 38 in the opposition half over the course of the game. Nobody else got close to that total and no Leeds defenders could get close enough to him.

Klopp was understandably downbeat after the game. Elliott's injury was a shock to him and his players. But he will approach the challenges ahead knowing that in Thiago and Fabinho, Liverpool have a midfield axis to take them forward.

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Kaide Gordon scores Mo Salah-like goal for Liverpool U23s

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sun, 09/12/2021 - 10:45

It was a frustrating afternoon for the Liverpool under-23s as they fell to a 2-1 loss to Tottenham on Saturday, but Kaide Gordon‘s latest goal caught the eye.

Tottenham U23s 2-1 Liverpool U23s

Premier League 2, Lamex Stadium
September 11, 2021

Goals: Devine 32′ 81′; Gordon 4′

The young Reds were back in action this weekend after a two-week break for internationals, with a trip to Stevenage to take on Spurs.

Barry Lewtas made three changes from the 1-1 draw with Brighton before deadline day, as Conor Bradley, James Norris and Sheyi Ojo dropped out and Tony Gallacher, Dominic Corness and Mateusz Musialowski came in.

It took Liverpool just four minutes to take the lead, and it was a move straight out of the first-team playbook, as Billy Koumetio‘s long, diagonal pass from centre-back found Gordon on the right wing.

The 16-year-old dropped his shoulder, cut inside and, evading the attentions of his marker, fired beyond Joshua Oluwayemi with his left foot.

It was Gordon’s second goal in three games for the academy so far this season – along with an assist – and there was a striking resemblance to Salah’s trademark efforts moving in from the right.

Liverpool will be delighted with the youngster’s progress as he reaches the six-month mark since his move from Derby in February, with a long-term role in the senior side on the horizon.

 Liverpool's Kaide Gordon during a pre-season friendly match between Liverpool FC and Club Atlético Osasuna at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Though expectations should remain low, it would be no surprise if Gordon is being nurtured as the eventual replacement for Salah – provided his development goes as planned – following Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott into Jurgen Klopp‘s side.

Gordon’s goal was a mere consolation for the young Reds, however, as a brace from Alfie Devine either side of half-time sealed a 2-1 victory for Tottenham.

The afternoon marked a return to action for Morgan Boyes, absent for the first month of the season as speculation mounted over his future, while the likes of Musialowski, Corness and James Norris continued to make headway at U23s level.

Liverpool U23s: Pitaluga; Gallacher, Clayton, Koumetio (Wilson 85′), Beck; Corness (Boyes 55′), Morton; Gordon, Musialowski (Norris 55′), Woltman; Bearne

Subs not used: Hughes

Next match: Leeds (H) – Premier League 2 – Sunday, September 19, 2pm (BST)

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