Milner impressed by Elliott attitude

14 October 2021 09:12:27 CET
Milner impressed with Elliott character

Liverpool midfielder James Milner says he has been amazed by Harvey Elliott's positive attitude towards recovering from a serious injury picked up last month.

The Reds get back to action on Saturday after the international break as they travel to Vicarage Road from Claudio Ranieri's first game as Watford manager and Jurgen Klopp's men are priced at 3/10 to win with the Hornets 8/1, and a draw is currently 19/4.

Elliott recovering after freak injury

For Saturday and the foreseeable future, Liverpool will be without Elliott after he suffered a dislocated ankle at Leeds United in September.

Pascal Struijk's challenge led to the freak injury and the resulting distress marred an excellent performance in the 3-0 win at Elland Road.

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Elliott impresses Reds' veteran

It ended the England youth international's run in the team which had started at the beginning of the season, as Liverpool cruised to a 3-0 win away at newly-promoted Norwich.

The highly-rated 18-year-old spent last season on loan at Blackburn in the Championship and had been thrust straight into Premier League action by Klopp, playing as part of a midfield trio.

No exact timescale has been set for his recovery but Milner says he has been a credit to himself so far.

"He's been so positive from the start, to be honest," the 35-year-old told the club's website. "I was talking about mental strength before, as soon as it happened, the things he was saying, he talks like he's been through it all before and he's a 30-odd-year-old player.

"He's incredible. He's got a great mindset, he's done all his work, he's progressing really well. Not too far off getting rid of the crutches, I think, which is fantastic."

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