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Harvey Elliott gives Liverpool shirt to young lad in next hospital bed

Harvey Elliott has gifted his Liverpool shirt to a young boy on the bed next to him after being rushed to hospital with an ankle injury.

The 18-year-old midfielder was stretchered off in the second-half of his side’s 3-0 away victory against Leeds United following a late challenge from behind by Pascal Struijk.

It was an injury so awful Sky Sports did not even show replays of the incident, however, the reactions from Mohamed Salah and Fabinho was enough to show its seriousness.

Before the incident in the second half Elliott was enjoying another magnificent performance since breaking into the side earlier this season.

It was later confirmed that Elliott had suffered a dislocated ankle and The Athletic reported he will undergo surgery on the problem later in the week.

However, in what could be a very dark day in the youngster’s career, he still endeavoured to brighten the day of a young boy who had suffered a broken arm during a football match.

A picture which emerged on social media showed a small boy on a hospital bed hugging Elliott’s No.67 shirt, while also holding his football boots.

A WhatsApp message underneath the photo from his parent said: “My son has just broke his arm at a footy game this afternoon. Who comes in on next bed to him….. Harvey Elliott and his family.

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“Gives him his LFC top from game and his shoe. Son’s buzzing now.”

Jurgen Klopp reacted to Struijk’s challenge furiously, shouting at the Leeds player before berating the fourth official.

After Elliott was given some treatment on the pitch, the Dutch midfielder received a straight red card for the challenge.

"It is a bad injury," Klopp told Sky Sports.

"Ankle. I heard it was dislocated and we could put it back, he's now in hospital.

"He played an incredible game, an incredible player.

"Now he's out. Do I want such a young boy to have this experience so early in his career? No.

"We will play without him but we will wait for him.”

It was a horrible way to end a comfortable afternoon, which was otherwise a positive one for Liverpool.

Goals from Mohamed Salah, Fabinho, and Sadio Mane helped move the Reds into third place, level on 10 points with Manchester United and Chelsea.

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