A visibly upset Jurgen Klopp said Liverpool’s Harvey Elliott was in “massive pain” after suffering a serious ankle injury at Leeds.
Elliott, 18, was carried off on a stretcher and taken to hospital following a challenge by Leeds defender Pascal Struijk, who was sent off.
Klopp said Elliott had dislocated his ankle during Liverpool’s 3-0 win.
“We’ll play without him, but we will wait for him as well because he is a top player,” added the Liverpool boss.
Liverpool team-mate Mohamed Salah immediately called for the medical staff after seeing Elliott in pain.
“I saw the situation,” added Klopp. “I could see his foot was not in the right place. That is why we were all shocked.”
Speaking to BBC Match of the Day, he said Elliott’s injury “overshadowed everything”.
Klopp added: “Massive pain, shock for him, for us and we don’t know more. We have to wait.
“I cannot feel the game anymore. Harvey overshadows everything.”
The former Fulham teenager posted a message on Instagram after the Elland Road encounter, saying he is “on the road to recovery”.
‘It looked bad’
Liverpool forward Salah, who had earlier scored his 100th Premier League goal, looked visibly upset after Elliott’s injury and covered his eyes in distress.
Reds captain Virgil can Dijk said: “From the moment it happened, you saw Mohamed Salah shouting to the side. You look at the reaction of Harvey and you know it is really serious.
“We have no idea what the diagnosis is at the moment but it looked bad.”
Van Dijk missed most of last season with a serious knee injury himself and said everyone at Liverpool would have “Harvey’s back” during his recovery.
“We will see the outcome, then pray and hope the best for him,” added the Netherlands defender.
“I have experience with all the staff, players and fans that they have your back and I am 100% sure we will be there for him. Our club Liverpool will be there for him no matter what.”
‘I regret dearly what happened’
Elliott, who joined Liverpool in July 2019 from Fulham at the age of 16, applauded the fans while being carried off and taking on oxygen.
The player, who made his Liverpool debut in September 2019, has featured in every game for Klopp’s side in the Premier League so far this season.
Belgian Struijk, a first-half substitute for the injured Diego Llorente, was dismissed on the hour for the challenge.
Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa said he “regretted dearly what happened” to the Reds youngster.
“I wish it did not happen,” added the Argentine.
“For that to happen to any player is saddening. For a young player, playing at a high level, even more. I am sure my player did not have the intention to harm him in any way.
“In no way did he provoke any harm to the opponent.”