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Fowler sends message to “class act” Elliott after Liverpool star’s injury

Elliott suffered a dislocated ankle in Liverpool’s victory over Leeds last Sunday and Reds legend Fowler – who played for both clubs – has sent the “class act” a message of support

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It goes without saying that I wish Harvey Elliott all the very best in his recovery from the sickening injury he suffered last week.

To see Liverpool’s teenage midfielder lying stricken on the Elland Road pitch after a tackle by Leeds’ Pascal Struijk was horrifying.

After undergoing surgery to repair the dislocated ankle and ligaments, the lad now faces a battle to get himself back to the point where he had made it impossible for Jurgen Klopp to leave him out of Liverpool’s team.

The fact that Harvey started last weekend’s game at Leeds ahead of experienced campaigners like captain Jordan Henderson and James Milner illustrates just how highly he is thought of at Anfield.

But even in his darkest moment, Elliott has proved what a class act he is.



Elliott suffered a dislocated ankle against Leeds that will see him miss most of the season
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I didn’t think the tackle by Struijk warranted a red card – and it was to Harvey’s great credit that he has made it clear on social media that he doesn’t blame the centre-back for the severity of his injuries.

He even voiced his disappointment that Leeds’ appeal against Struijk’s dismissal was kicked out by the FA.

Harvey even took time to applaud the home fans who clapped him as he was being carried off the pitch – and when he got to hospital he reacted to seeing a young lad being treated for a broken arm sustained in a Sunday League game by giving him his shirt and boots as a souvenir.



Fowler has sent his well wishes to “class act” Elliott
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He deserved the good news delivered to him by surgeons who believe his operation was a success and that he might even be back playing before the end of the season.

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Meanwhile, Elliott’s former coach has backed the midfielder to overcome his injury due to his exceptional inner belief.

Huw Jennings, who helped nurture the outstanding forward at Fulham, has seen the drive and determination which will help Elliott recover from the sickening ankle injury suffered at Elland Road last Sunday.









Fulham’s head of development Jennings said: “I was listening on the radio when it happened at Leeds and I’ve since seen everything relating to it. I sent a message to Harvey’s dad Scott wishing him all the best. It’s a classic example of going from a massive high to a massive low.”

With the progress Elliott has made – this season becoming one of Anfield boss Jurgen Klopp’s major players – it is hard to believe that barely three years ago he reported for his Fulham debut in his school uniform.

At the age of 15 years and 174 days, he became the club’s youngest-ever player after coming on as a substitute in a League Cup tie at Millwall.

Less than two years later, he was on his way to Liverpool. Jennings added: “What some people underestimate about Harvey is just how young he still is.







“He has already done a season’s loan in the Championship with Blackburn when he was 17. He’s played for Fulham and Liverpool in the Premier League, and he’s still 18 and not 19 until April.

“The maturity he has shown is a testament to his work ethic, to his belief and to his football intelligence.

“In time, this experience will hold Harvey in very good stead.

“I think of Manchester United’s Luke Shaw, who has come back from a serious leg break. Harvey is going to learn a lot about himself in the coming months.”


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