Harvey Elliott has said he has been “totally overwhelmed by the love and support” after badly dislocating his ankle in Liverpool’s 3-0 Premier League win at Leeds.
The 18-year-old midfielder sustained the injury in a second-half challenge by the Leeds defender Pascal Struijk, who was shown a red card.
Elliott said on Instagram on Monday: “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.
“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.”
Elliott was discharged from Leeds General Infirmary on Sunday and will undergo surgery.
The former Fulham player said: “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. I know I have an incredible support network behind me at Liverpool and together we will get through this.
“To all of the Liverpool fans, your support means the world to me. I’m one of you and I can’t wait to be back faster, fitter and stronger to help the team in the future.”
Elliott had emerged as a key performer for Jürgen Klopp’s side this season after spending last season on loan at Blackburn.