Liverpool beat Marcelo Bielsa's Leeds United 3-0 as goals from Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Fabinho seal all the three points for Jurgen Klopp's men at the Elland Road yesterday. It was a bittersweet experience for the Reds who picked up a vital three points to close the gap on Chelsea and Manchester United and at the same time saw their fast-rising player, Harvey Elliot suffering a brutal injury.
Harvey Elliot is one of the fastest rising youngsters in the Premier League after breaking into Liverpool's first team last season. His stellar performance last season earned him Jurgen Klopp's trust as the German coach promoted him to the senior team and made him a regular player this season. Harvey Elliot played all the Liverpool's first four games this season, benching key players like Jordan Henderson and Thiago Alcantara in the process and was in the process of cementing his place in the team before he suffered a major setback yesterday.
A brutal tackle on Harvey Elliot by Leeds United's Pascal Struijk was the youngster screaming in pain and was attended by Liverpool's medical team. Elliott was on the floor shouting in pain and received lengthy treatment before being carried off on a stretcher. The referee did justice for the tackle by issuing Pascal Struijk a straight red card for his challenge on Elliott but that's not enough to reverse the terrible injury mented on Elliott.
Elliot becomes yet another youngster who was on the verge of making it in the first team before suffering a major injury that could truncate his progress and possibly change the direction of his career.
In this article, let's take a look at other youngsters that suffered a terrible injury when they almost break into the main team.
1. Ansu Fati - Barcelona:
Ansu Fati was making the headlines in 2020 as one of the fast-rising strikers in the world until his world came crumbling when he suffered a devasting injury that kept him out of action for more than one year. Ansu Fati proved to be an integral part of Barcelona's team at the tender age of 18, scoring 5 goals in 10 matches in all competition before suffering a brutal injury. Ansu Fati tore his meniscus of his left knee in a Laliga match against Real Betis on November 7 2020 and was on the sideline for almost a year.
2. Marco Asensio - Real Madrid:
Marco Asensio came into the limelight during Zinedine Zidane's era and was given some game time to prove himself. However, Marcos Asensio became a regular starter for the Los Blancos in the 2019/2020 season and was tipped to be Luka Modric's deputy in the team before he suffered a terrible injury during a pre-season match.
Marcos Asensio ruptured his knee ligament during a Pre-season much against Arsenal and was carried off on a stretcher after suffering the injury. He remained on the sideline for more than one year before recovering and returning to the team.
3. Loftus Ruben Cheek - Chelsea:
Loftus Cheek was a Chelsea academy player that looked sure of following John Terry's footsteps of becoming a successful Cobhams graduate until a major injury derailed his career. Loftus Cheek was arguably the best youngster under Maurizio Sarri and was looking sharp and set in becoming a successful Chelsea academy graduate before he suffered a serious Achilles injury.
Twenty minutes into a friendly against New England Revolution in May 2019, Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek had to be helped off the pitch by the club’s medical staff. The young, promising England midfielder ruptured his Achilles tendon which kept him on the sideline for over a year.
Football is a beautiful sport and Injury is the ugly side of it and there is nothing that can be done to stop it as long as players make tackles and collide with each other, Injury is bound to happen.
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