Liverpool youngster Harvey Elliott has taken aim at Manchester United’s trophy cabinet for the past eight years after a fan taunted him over the horror injury he suffered against Leeds United. The teenager has been vocal on social media since the dramatic incident which led to a controversial red card for Pascal Struijk.
Up until Sunday afternoon, Elliott had been enjoying a breakthrough season at Anfield, featuring in all four of their Premier League games to date.
The winger-turned-midfielder impressed on loan at Blackburn Rovers last campaign, and Jurgen Klopp has been full of praise since phasing him into the first-team picture.
His rapid progress was brought to a halt on Sunday, however, when Struijk’s challenge left Elliott with a dislocated ankle.
One United fan took aim at the youngster on TikTok, commenting: “He’s not walking like that anymore.”
Elliott eventually responded: “Crazy though how I have more legs than United have trophies over the past eight years.”
The emphatic response was loved by Liverpool fans, although the fact the Red Devils have actually won three trophies in that time calls the midfielder’s football trivia into question.
Elliott has been a hot topic since Sunday’s incident, having maturely jumped to Struijk’s defence straight afterwards, and again when the FA denied Leeds’ appeal against his straight red card on Wednesday.
On his subsequent three-match ban, Elliott said on Instagram: “Sorry about this Pascal. I think it’s wrong!
“But it’ll soon blow over brother and you’ll be back in no time smashing it again. Keep positive.”
Although a deeper dive into United’s trophy history uncovers the fact that Elliott’s comeback was somewhat wide of the mark, the Red Devils are indeed on a barren run under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Yet to win a trophy since the Norwegian took over, United fell agonisingly short in May’s Europa League final against Villarreal.
An expensive summer transfer window has put them in a much stronger position this season than they finished the last, although they will have to fight off the likes of Liverpool, among others, to achieve Premier League glory.
The Reds have a number of high-profile defenders back to full fitness after lengthy injury layoffs last campaign, so could be battling with United towards the top.
Prospects of European success for Solskjaer’s side took a hit on Tuesday, however, when a Jesse Lingard error led to a stoppage-time defeat at the hands of Young Boys.
Liverpool open their own Champions League campaign with a tough encounter against AC Milan on Wednesday night.
Naturally, Elliott will miss the tie, along with a host of others as he recovers to full fitness. Once he does, his comments will ensure that Liverpool and United games down the line will carry an extra edge, as if they needed any to begin with.