Liverpool’s 3-0 win over Leeds United on Sunday was a fairly good outing for the Reds, with the exception of young Harvey Elliott’s unfortunate injury.
Even though goals from Mohamed Salah, Fabinho, and Sadio Mané won all three points for Liverpool, it was Harvey Elliott’s devastating ankle injury that left a bitter taste in the mouth of both Jürgen Klopp as well as his squad.
Leeds defender Pascal Struijk’s hard tackle left the 18-year-old screaming in agony in the middle of the pitch at Elland Road, and Elliott was soon stretchered off to the applause of both sets of fans.
If the sight of both Leeds United supporters as well as the away fans applauding the young Englishman was not emotional enough, there was another heart-wrenching picture that went viral following the game.
When the final whistle was blown at Elland Road, one could see that the celebrations were muted as many of the players were still reeling from the horrific injury that they witnessed first-hand only minutes ago.
The Liverpool players did not look particularly delighted even after winning three hard-earned points at a tough ground, as they all looked to be in a state of suppressed shock – none more so than their new summer signing Ibrahima Konaté.
Konaté is yet to play a game for Liverpool in the Premier League this season, but it seems like he is already a big part of the Reds squad as he broke down after an emotional exchange with head coach Jürgen Klopp.
Konaté, clearly affected by the horrific injury to his young teammate, broke down on the shoulders of his manager – as seen from the picture that went viral following the match.
Even though Konaté has only been with the Reds for a couple of months since his £35m transfer from RB Leipzig in the summer, he already seems emotionally invested in the squad to a high extent, and Liverpool fans on social media are impressed with their new signing already.
Klopp confirmed that Elliott had dislocated his ankle in the post-match press conference, and the Englishman has already gone through surgery.
There is good news, however, as reports suggest that Elliott could be back in contention even as early as this season – after it initially seemed like he would miss the entirety of the season.
Liverpool fans will hope that Elliott is back in action as soon as possible, but it is their new signing Konaté that will excite them for now – the Reds supporters will hope that he fits into their starting eleven as smoothly as he fit into their squad.