But an awkward tackle from Pascal Struijk on the hour mark left Elliott writhing in pain and Salah urgently calling for medical assistance, with the midfielder then stretchered off.
Elliott provided a positive update on his way to hospital, but speaking after the win, Jurgen Klopp accepted that it was a “bad injury,” revealing his No. 67 had suffered a dislocated ankle.
The severity of Elliott’s injury is unclear at this stage, and the hope is that it is not as bad as initially feared, but either way, it is a blow to both player and club.
It is certainly not the first serious injury Liverpool have suffered in recent seasons, and the squad quickly gathered to deliver a straightforward message to Elliott on social media: “We are all with you.”
Great result and performance against a tough side. However it was horrible to see Harvey pick up an injury like that…. Thoughts are with him and I know he will have all the support he needs to come back even stronger! We are all here for you mate! ?? pic.twitter.com/TdWtLh4WaK
— Jordan Henderson (@JHenderson) September 12, 2021
We are all with you buddy ??? https://t.co/KFtfzBuw10
— Andy Robertson (@andrewrobertso5) September 12, 2021
Proud of the team today. 3 points, 3 goals and a clean sheet at a tough place to come away from home. The club, the players, the fans – they all had my back and we will all have your back too Harvey! You will come back stronger ?? pic.twitter.com/dZHoo4PNwm
— Virgil van Dijk (@VirgilvDijk) September 12, 2021
Nothing else matters in this moment. Thinking of you little bro???? pic.twitter.com/xAlYmD4URa
— Trent Alexander-Arnold (@TrentAA) September 12, 2021
— Thiago Alcantara (@Thiago6) September 12, 2021
— Adrián San Miguel (@AdriSanMiguel) September 12, 2021
— Curtis Jones (@curtisjr_10) September 12, 2021
— Neco Williams (@necowilliams01) September 12, 2021
It was not only the Liverpool squad who paid tribute to the teenager following the scenes at Elland Road, with Marcus Rashford and Raheem Sterling among those to put “rivalry aside”:
Ahhhh man rivalry aside that looks really nasty, no one wants to see that, thoughts are with you Harvey @LFC
— Marcus Rashford MBE (@MarcusRashford) September 12, 2021
Wishing you a speedy recovery Harvey Elliott ?? pic.twitter.com/VTwad30e07
— Raheem Sterling (@sterling7) September 12, 2021
Former players also joined the well-wishers, with Jamie Carragher ruing a valuable three points “overshadowed” by a “sickening injury”:
Brilliant result & performance from @LFC but overshadowed unfortunately by the sickening injury to Harvey Elliott, speedy recovery kid ????
— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) September 12, 2021
Hope this is not as serious an injury to Harvey Elliott as it appears. Didn’t look a bad challenge or a red card in normal speed, but without replays it’s hard to be sure. Just a freak accident, I reckon.
— Gary Lineker ? (@GaryLineker) September 12, 2021
Can't believe it !! All the best Harvey Elliott, you'll be back very soon even stronger.#YNWA
— Luis Garcia (@luchogarcia14) September 12, 2021
Wishing Harvey Elliott the best possible recovery. #LEELIV
— Jim Beglin (@jimbeglin) September 12, 2021
No professional player should or would celebrate an injury to a rival, but it is warming to see the tributes flood in for Elliott after a major setback.
The youngster has made a promising start to life in the Liverpool first team, with Sunday bringing his third Premier League start, and hopefully he can recover fully and continue his rise to prominence at Anfield.