The Liverpool assistant boss has revealed Harvey Elliott is making good progress on his return from injury, helped by the club’s medical service.
The 18-year-old will not play for the Reds for the foreseeable future following an ankle injury. He suffered a dislocation in a challenge with Pascal Struijk in his team’s 3-0 win over Leeds.
The injury turned out to be serious and, as such, Liverpool did not set a timescale on his recovery.
However, he underwent surgery in London last week and is now heading for a return to action. Indeed, Lijnders insisted the England Under-21 international is doing well.
Lijnders also admitted that Elliott is one of Liverpool’s “best midfielders”.
“Harvey is Harvey, a young boy and he handles it exceptionally, I have to say,” the coach said (via Liverpoolfc.com)
“If you see our team of players, we have so many players who haven’t had similar injuries, but similar situations where they’ve had a long-term injury.
“You see our group is a real family, you see how they reacted when it happened – Naby [Keita] was with tears in his eyes next to the field, Curtis [Jones] was emotional.
“You see how much this means to all of us, not only from a football point of view, but from a young player’s point of view. [who was] in such a good time and we lost one of our best midfielders.
Liverpool know all about long-term injuries after last season’s defensive injury crisis.
Virgil van Dijk, for his part, insisted he would help Elliott along the way. The Dutchman suffered a serious knee injury to impress again this season.
Elliott has Liverpool backing in injury
“He [Elliott] manage it very well and we have a very strong structure in place with our medical department, ”said Lijnders.
“With all the guys around, we try to support him as much as possible in these early stages.
“With a long term injury, every day is a victory – the little things, step by step, and he focuses on that.”
Lijnders was speaking ahead of Tuesday’s Carabao Cup clash with Norwich. He also revealed that Thiago Alcantara will not appear at Carrow Road or Brentford on Saturday.
The Spain international suffered a calf injury in last weekend’s win over Crystal Palace.
Roberto Firmino will return to first-team training this week after his hamstring problem. Trent Alexander-Arnold, who was ill for the Palace game, could also come back against Brentford.
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