Soccer-Liverpool's Klopp says Elliott's ankle 'not in the right place anymore'


Soccer Football - Premier League - Leeds United v Liverpool - Elland Road, Leeds, Britain - September 12, 2021 Liverpool's Harvey Elliott reacts as he receives medical attention after sustaining an injury REUTERS/Peter Powell

LEEDS, England (Reuters) - Liverpool coach Juergen Klopp said Harvey Elliott will undergo more tests to discover the extent of the injury he suffered in his side's 3-0 win at Leeds United on Sunday, but the teenager's ankle was "not in the right place".

Elliott has been an integral part of Liverpool's side this season despite only turning 18 in April, but faces a lengthy absence after being taken off on a stretcher at Elland Road, following a tackle from Leeds' Pascal Struijk.

Klopp was incensed as Elliott remained on the floor following Struijk's challenge, for which the Leeds substitute was sent off.

He explained the extent of the setback after the match.

"It is good that he was able to post on Instragram after the game, as it shows he has not that much pain anymore," Klopp said.

"The ankle was not in the right place anymore. It was very important it was quick, but not a lot to say about it.

"It was a bad injury, we just wait now for the scans and assessments."

Klopp's side stretched their unbeaten run to 14 in the Premier League - more than any other English top-flight side - thanks to goals from Mohamed Salah, Fabinho and Sadio Mane.

But the German was quick to quash any talk that his side are getting back to the form that took them to the Premier League title in 2019-20.

"I am not interested in form when we won title, I am interested in now," he added. "We played really well today, if you play not as well as this then Leeds will punish you.

"We pressed exceptionally well, that's why we won a lot of balls. It was far from a perfect performance - we should have had more clear-cut chances. But that is not a big deal today. There is room for improvement."

(Reporting by Peter Hall; Editing by Toby Davis)

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