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Viewers split over red card decision as Harvey Elliott provides update on wellbeing following nasty injury

Viewers split over red card decision as Harvey Elliott provides update on wellbeing following nasty injury

 

Viewers of the clash between Leeds United and Liverpool have flooded to social media this evening, to react to the challenge on Harvey Elliott, which ultimately culminated in both a serious injury, and ensuing red card.

Salah amongst the goals

Jurgen Klopp’s men were of course back in action a short time ago.

In their first fixture on the back of the international break, the Reds made the trip to Elland Road, for a Premier League meeting with Leeds.

Liverpool headed into proceedings eyeing a return to winning ways, after seeing their flawless opening to the new campaign brought to a halt in a stalemate with Chelsea last time out.

And, when all was said and done in West Yorkshire, bag their third victory in four is precisely what the visitors managed.

After Mohamed Salah set Liverpool on their way from Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cut-back with 20 minutes on the clock, Fabinho made sure that all three points would be heading back to Merseyside with a close-range finish early in the 2nd-half:

And there was even time for Sadio Mane to add some gloss to the scoreline, courtesy of a fine right-footed finish on the spin deep into injury-time.

Elliott set for the sidelines

Unfortunately, however, as outlined above, it is not the impressive nature of Liverpool’s eventual victory this evening which has since grabbed the headlines on the back of the action coming to a close.

Instead, such chatter has surrounded a serious injury picked up by Reds star Harvey Elliott.

English talent Elliott was handed his 3rd successive start in the middle of the park by Jurgen Klopp at Elland Road, and went on to impress across the opening hour of action.

Viewers split over red card decision as Harvey Elliott provides update on wellbeing following nasty injury

Blackburn Rovers’ Harvey Elliott celebrates scoring his side’s first goal of the game during the Sky Bet Championship match at Ewood Park, Blackburn. (Photo by Martin Rickett/PA Images via Getty Images)

In a blow for both the 18-year-old and all associated with Liverpool, though, Elliott’s wonderful start to the new campaign was soon brought to a potentially definitive end.

Just shy of the 60-minute mark, a challenge on the part of Leeds’ Pascal Struijk, which initially looked completely innocuous, left the visitors’ young midfielder grounded.

Only upon Mohamed Salah screaming for aid from the sideline did the serious nature of the situation become clear, as Elliott, despite initial attempts to return to his feet, was left with what appeared to be a broken leg.

A lengthy stoppage, in turn, ultimately culminated in the former Fulham man being stretchered from the field of play, as players from both sides watched on in disbelief:

In an encouraging update, remarkably, Elliott himself has since taken to Instagram, to send a message of thanks to all of those wishing him well in his recovery:

‘Isn’t a red’

Elliott’s eventual injury aside, though, something of a debate has since erupted online, surrounding the punishment dished out to Leeds’ Struijk.

Following a VAR check, the Belgian was swiftly sent for an early bath by referee Craig Pawson, for what was evidently deemed a dangerous lunge.

As Liverpool’s up and coming midfielder lay stricken on the Elland Road turf, it therefore came as little surprise to see viewers, initially, come to the widespread conclusion that a red card was indeed the correct call:

Upon replays of the challenge making their way across social media, however, the tone soon turned to one of backing for Struijk, amid the suggestion that the Peacocks star was simply unfortunate to see a tackle with no malicious intent culminate in such a serious outcome:

 

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Aminat Aigbe

Aminat Aigbe is the first lady of afronaija and a very good blogger ( Original Mrs AfroNaija )

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