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:
“He joins the club in the Premier League!”
Mohamed Salah’s 100th Premier League goal puts Liverpool in front against Leeds!
📺 #LEELIV on Sky Sports PL or follow: https://t.co/f369wKlXlC pic.twitter.com/dAeuAQxuEZ
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) September 12, 2021
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.
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:
Harvey Elliott has been subbed off for Liverpool with an injury that appears serious.
Get well soon 🙏 pic.twitter.com/wtUHtg21La
— B/R Football (@brfootball) September 12, 2021
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:
Pic from Harvey Elliott’s Instagram. Here’s to a speedy recovery. Such a great kid with so much talent. He’s got many, many years ahead lighting up the Premier League. #LFC pic.twitter.com/XUSUzr0Rjg
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceLFC) September 12, 2021
‘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:
Elliott stretched off the pitch after it looks like he breaks his ankle, clear and definite red card.
— 67 ™️ (@ElliottXtra) September 12, 2021
Pascal Struijk needs to be banned for longer than 3 matches
— Koty Wild (@KotyWild) September 12, 2021
Cruel but had to been to red.
— FaZe Hendo #JFT97 (@ft_hendo) September 12, 2021
You can say “never a red” all you like but that’s why those tackles have been outlawed. They endanger opponents to career threatening levels.
— Jake Gallagher (@MatchoftheDave) September 12, 2021
Poor Harvey Elliott man, Salahs reaction says it all. Deserved a red card, what a talent Aswell. Hope he recovers ASAP. 🙌
— Naman Mehta (@Indian_kop) September 12, 2021
Seen a replay of the challenge. Not gonna put it onto the timeline but he goes right through the back of him. Definite red for me.
— Shane (@Blame_Suarez) September 12, 2021
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:
Have seen it again. I was wrong.
— Jake Gallagher (@MatchoftheDave) September 12, 2021
on the replays, that doesn’t look like a red card at all. Struijk gets the ball and there’s a bit of a tangle which in which Elliott injures his ankle. Can see that being appealled. Hopefully a less serious injury than everyone thinks. #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) September 12, 2021
Feel so bad for the kid but that isn’t a red card
— Yid Army (@THFC_JacobR17) September 12, 2021
*sent off for a perfectly good challenge
— Mathew™ (@Mxtheww) September 12, 2021
“Craig Poulson was always going to give a red”. Ok sound why was there 3 passes and a 10 second delay. Perfect example of a booking/sending off as a result of the injury not the tackle/play…
— Antonia Wakefield💙 (@antoniaellenw) September 12, 2021
Yes. That’s not even a foul, let alone a red card. But the referee has given it because of the aftermath. I hope Elliott will recover from this incident but that shouldn’t have been a straight red for Struijk pic.twitter.com/ns9xA4MKs7
— Has the Referee or VAR made a poor decision? (@PoorEPLreferees) September 12, 2021
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