Sunday afternoon brought a 147-day wait to an end as Harvey Elliott marked his return to action, capping it off with a goal and celebratory messages from his teammates.
The 18-year-old admitted he had “a little tear to my eye” as he stepped out on the Anfield turf just before the hour mark against Cardiff, with his long road back officially over.
That in itself was a moment to savour but his stunning volley on the turn added the icing on the cake, with his dad, Scott, having shown just how much it means in the stands.
And as Elliott let his “absolute dream come true” sink in, his ever-supportive teammates continued to show their love following the 3-1 win over Cardiff.
Andy Robertson, who provided the all-important assist for Elliott, was “buzzing for the starboy” but questioned a chant for the teenager that “sounded familiar”:
And if you thought that was class, Elliott’s response takes it up a notch as his humble character came to the fore once more:
“Thank you my man they’ll only be one man to this chant and that’s you. Cheers for the assist as well!! It’s probably boring the amount of times people have thanked you for assists now but I appreciate it,” Elliott wrote in reply on Instagram.
The veteran of the side was left “absolutely buzzing for Harvey” following his 32-minute comeback, with the No. 67, of course, sending this thanks in return.
Diogo Jota, likewise, had nothing but praise for his teammate, telling ITV: “It was a big injury, he knows that.
“All the hard work he put in in the gym to be fit, to be able to be here today, to play and to score! Congratulations.”
It keeps Jurgen Klopp‘s Reds in the hunt in all four competitions, which made for a happy squad on return from a 14-day break: