Liverpool fans react as Pascal Struijk messages Harvey Elliott on Instagram
A number of Liverpool fans have taken to Twitter to comment on Pascal Struijk after the Leeds United defender sent a message to Harvey Elliott on Instagram shortly after Sunday’s clash at Elland Road.
An incident between the pair overshadowed Liverpool’s 3-0 win against Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
Struijk was shown a red card following a challenge on Elliott. It had initially appeared that the Dutchman had won the ball, scooping it away as the Reds youngster threatened to break forward.
Unfortunately, it quickly became apparent that something had gone very wrong. Elliott was left in agony and had to be stretchered off.
Struijk was clearly visibly upset once the severity became clear. And the referee subsequently decided that the challenge was worthy of a red card.
It appeared that the Leeds man’s trailing leg landed on Elliott’s ankle as he hooked the ball.
Understandably, the large majority of concern is for Elliott, who has been a revelation in the early stages of the campaign.
But plenty of Liverpool fans have sent their support to Struijk. The 21-year-old took to social media to express his regret about what happened.
He insisted that he had no intention of hurting the Reds starlet. And he suggested that he was gutted.
And in response, several Reds fans have praised Struijk. They clearly appreciate the swift, heartfelt apology from the defender.
Many accept that it was a freak accident. Of course, some will have a different view. But most accept that all sides were just desperately unlucky.
With that in mind, here is the post that includes Struijk’s message, as well as some of the responses from Liverpool fans…
‘Feel for him as much as Harvey’: Liverpool fans react as Struijk apologies to Elliott
— Anfield Watch (@AnfieldWatch) September 12, 2021
Feel for him as much as Harvey. He definitely didn’t mean that to happen https://t.co/Yd6ttdNa7s
Feel bad for Struijk. He never meant any harmful intent and it was nice of him to apologize (unlike that dinosaur on Van Dijk last year). This is giving me flashbacks to Heung Min Son on Andre Gomes a few seasons ago in a way. https://t.co/dtrh6X0u6f
— Imran Muktar (@Imran10174959) September 13, 2021
Fair play to him, more class than Pickford will ever have https://t.co/Hx83wJzpCv
— joe 🇼🇫 (@Joe_05RT) September 12, 2021
I genuinely believe he meant no harm with that tackle. Freak accident for sure—big ups for him formally apologizing! https://t.co/EW84vG3yoz
— ʟ.ꜱ. (@SNDRS74) September 12, 2021
I said it during the game and I say it again, that was only a red card because of the injury, in my opinion there was no intent to injure Elliott and this poor fella who had a great game has to go home with it on his conscience .. https://t.co/vgMHE4cfHa
— Ryan Coughlan (@RCoughlan19) September 12, 2021
— Dee 7 (@Dee_khalid7) September 12, 2021
pay attention pickford this is what class looks like. we know pascal didnt mean it and we hope he has an injury free season himself. https://t.co/429gb4ILYl
— Matt (@exocetelmo) September 12, 2021
Don’t think he meant to injure the lad. Be hard for him too with it being an accident. Fair play https://t.co/N7x9OIwnOf
— Simon D. (@MritalkApple123) September 12, 2021
Genuinely believe he meant no harm. Fair play for the apology
— Emile 🔴 (@LFCEmile) September 12, 2021
He did nothing wrong just a freak incident, he shouldnt have even been sent off being honest. Top professional
— Sal (@salahudeen2003_) September 12, 2021