KEY POINTS

  • Jurgen Klopp addresses Harvey Elliott's injury
  • Klopp insists that Liverpool will have to deal with Elliott's absence
  • The teenager has earned comparisons to Lionel Messi even at a young age

Jurgen Klopp has admitted that he is not sure how long one of his Liverpool starlets will be sidelined.

Harvey Elliott’s promising senior team debuts season with Liverpool was halted after he dislocated his ankle on Sunday’s win against Leeds United.

The 18-year-old appeared to be in serious pain as he had to be stretchered out of the pitch.

Lifting the lid after the match, Klopp confirmed that Elliott’s injury was “bad” and they all have to “wait” and hope for the best.

“It is a bad injury,” Klopp said of Elliott. “Ankle dislocated, we could put it back. He’s now in the hospital, so we have to wait. He played an incredible game again, he’s an incredible player. Now he’s out.”

“I saw the situation,” he added. “I saw then immediately the effect, because I could see his foot not in the right place. That’s why we were all shocked, absolutely. That’s it.”

Low five: Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool have not won for five consecutive Premier League games Low five: Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool have not won for five consecutive Premier League games Photo: POOL / PETER POWELL

Despite losing one of his most notable players this season, Klopp stressed that there’s nothing else they can do about it but to keep on playing.

“Do I want such a young boy to have this experience that early in his career? No, but now it’s the case and we have to be there – and we will be there,” the coach explained. “We will play football without him, but we will wait for him as well. Because obviously he’s a top, top, top player.”

As the Reds boss discusses the youngster’s situation, Elliott had already announced on social media that he is approaching “road to recovery.”

For Klopp, it speaks highly of Elliott’s endurance and it could possibly mean that he is not in much pain anymore.

“First and foremost, it’s one of the few Instagram posts I love because if he sends that already then it shows he has not that much pain anymore, that’s great news,” the German pointed out. “I think we all saw it, the ankle was not in the right place anymore. The medical department put it in the right place again, which is very important really in this moment that it goes quickly. Apart from that, there is not a lot of good things to say about it.”

“Obviously it’s a bad injury and we have to wait now for further examinations, assessments or whatever, scans, and that’s what we do."

Elliott arrived at Liverpool from Fulham in 2019 and made his debut at age 15.

Even as a kid, Elliott has already proven that he’s got a bright future ahead of him, earning comparisons to Lionel Messi.