Harvey Elliott, 18, was carried off on a stretcher and taken to hospital following a challenge by Leeds defender Pascal Struijk, who was sent off.
A visibly upset Jurgen Klopp said Liverpool’s Harvey Elliott was in “massive pain” after suffering a serious ankle injury at Leeds.
Klopp said Elliott had dislocated his ankle during Liverpool’s 3-0 win.
“We’ll play without him, but we will wait for him as well because he is a top player,” added the Liverpool boss.
Liverpool added later on Sunday September 12 2021 that the former Fulham teenager had been discharged from hospital but will need surgery in the coming days.
“Harvey, his family and Liverpool FC would like to place on record their thanks to the paramedics and all the staff at Leeds General Infirmary for the care and treatment given,” the club said in a statement.
Elliott said he was “absolutely devastated” to have suffered the injury in a social media post on Monday, but is already focused on returning “faster, fitter and stronger”.
“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,” he wrote on Instagram.
“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.
“I am now fully focused on my recovery and will give everything in my rehabilitation to be back out there as soon as I can.”
Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah, who had earlier scored his 100th Premier League goal, was closest to Elliott when the incident happened and immediately called for the medical staff after seeing his team-mate in pain.
Salah looked visibly upset and covered his eyes in distress.
“I saw the situation,” said Klopp. “I could see his foot was not in the right place. That is why we were all shocked.”
Speaking after the match, he added: “Massive pain, shock for him, for us and we don’t know more. We have to wait.
“I cannot feel the game anymore. Harvey overshadows everything.”
Reds captain Virgil van Dijk said: “From the moment it happened, you saw Mohamed Salah shouting to the side. You look at the reaction of Harvey and you know it is really serious.”
Van Dijk missed most of last season with a serious knee injury himself and said everyone at Liverpool would have “Harvey’s back” during his recovery.
“We will see the outcome, then pray and hope the best for him,” added the Netherlands defender.
“I have experience with all the staff, players and fans that they have your back and I am 100% sure we will be there for him. Our club Liverpool will be there for him no matter what.”