Out of anyone to defend Pascal Struijk's tackle, the last person expected would be Harvey Elliott himself. The Liverpool youngster recently suffered a horrible ankle injury against Leeds United in the Premier League.
Elliott fell to the ground as Struijk put in a challenge on the ball from behind. While the tackle initially looked clean, Elliot's reaction proved otherwise as Liverpool's medical team rushed to his side.
In the aftermath, the referee handed the Leeds defender a red card for the tackle. With a man advantage, Liverpool went on to win 3-0 in commanding fashion.
Following the match, Elliott was discharged from the hospital that initially treated the injury. He also went on to defend Struijk on Instagram. A surprising move, especially considering that Elliott is still just 18.
"[It] wasn't his fault what so ever! Neither was it a red card, just a freak accident, but these things happen in football. I'll be back stronger 100 percent. Thank you for all the support."Harvey Elliott
Struijk also issued an apology to the Liverpool midfielder on his Instagram story.
"In today's game something happened that I would never wish on anyone! Harvey, my thoughts are with you. I'm gutted and never meant for this to happen. I wish you a speedy recovery and hope to see you back on the pitch soon."Pascal Struijk
Elliott's injury comes just as he broke into the Liverpool first team after returning from a loan last season. His injury also marks the first major injury of Liverpool's season as they hope to challenge for a title once again.
Last season saw injury problems galore at Anfield as the team resorted to signing emergency center backs and starting a completely different backline from the one that featured against Leeds.
Fans hope that Elliott's injury doesn't start an unfortunate trend that plagued the team last year. So far, this season looks much better than the last as the team sits in 3rd on 10 points, tied for the most in the league.
So far, there is no timetable for Elliott's return, but his young age may help him recover more quickly than many other players.