Gary Lineker has taken to Twitter to shower Harvey Elliott with praise, after the Liverpool wonderkid reached out to Pascal Struijk.
What’s the story?
Well, you will already know that Elliott suffered a serious injury following a challenge from Struijk during Liverpool’s 3-0 win over Leeds on Sunday.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side felt the Dutchman did nothing wrong, and appealed his red card.
Unfortunately for them, the Premier League have rejected the appeal, meaning Struijk will now miss three games.
In admirable fashion, Elliott sent the centre-back a message after the announcement, informing him that he feels the Premier League got this one wrong.
You can see Lineker’s reaction to the 18-year-old’s message below.
Very magnanimous and right. Well played, Harvey. 👏🏻👏🏻 https://t.co/lr4vbvDI4g— Gary Lineker 💙 (@GaryLineker) September 15, 2021
This is great from Elliott, for more reasons than one.
Harvey Elliott looking out for Pascal Struijk
As we saw when Heung-min Son burst into tears after causing serious injury to Andre Gomes, players can often suffer from inflicting injury on others.
Of course, they’re not often thought about, as the injured player is naturally in the spotlight for their physical suffering.
Struijk is only 22, and his mental state after accidentally injuring the £1.5m prodigy may well not be in the best place.
In that respect, it’s fantastic to see Elliott reassuring him on social media, on a number of occasions since the accident happened.
It allows the Leeds defender some closure, and a chance to remove some feeling of guilt from his system.
In truth, it was just a truly unfortunate accident, in which there is nobody to blame really – these things happen in football.
Hopefully, Elliott gets back on the pitch as soon as possible, and can pick up right from where he left off for the Reds.