Harvey Elliott could be back sooner than expected due to unsung Liverpool heroes

Harvey Elliott could return to first-team action at Liverpool much earlier than expected because of the quick reactions from the Reds' medical team at Elland Road on Sunday.

The 18-year-old midfielder has impressed since returning to Anfield following a season-long loan move to Blackburn, having joined Liverpool from Fulham back in 2019.

The youngster has been playing a back-up role in the senior side so far this campaign, making four Premier League appearances including in the trip to face Leeds on Sunday.

Although his display was cut short following a tackle from Pascal Struijk, there might just be reasons to be optimistic about the length of his rehabilitation.

According to Liverpool fan, and expert sports surgeon, Mike Hennessey, the lightning-fast response of the club's medical staff could've reduced his time on the sidelines to just six months.

Speaking to the Mail, Hennessey said: "They were on giving him some sedation. It is good analgesia they use now which is inhaled.

"It looks like they reduced his ankle [put it back in place] there and then, which is what you need to do because the longer the ankle remains dislocated the more problems there will be for the soft tissue."

Adding: "He had great care. They were straight on."

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Liverpool's Dr Jim Moxon and head physio Chris Morgan were those responsible for helping Elliott following the suspected dislocation, and Hennessey believes he could be back playing in six months.

Klopp had told fans after the fixture: "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 quick. 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.”

With the Liverpool midfielder writing on Instagram on Monday: "I'm of course absolutely devastated with what happened yesterday at Leeds, but have been totally overwhelmed by the love and support shown to me by the entire football world following the injury.

“Thank you so much to everyone who has reached out or sent messages to me and my family, it means so much to us.

“Also a massive thanks to everyone inside Elland Road for the reception you gave me immediately after it happened.”

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