Leeds United full-back Junior Firpo took to Twitter to express his delight to see Liverpool’s Harvey Elliott back on the pitch.
The 18-year-old suffered a nasty ankle injury in September’s Premier League meeting between the two sides at Elland Road which saw Pascal Struijk sent off for the tackle.
He made his return to the pitch in Liverpool’s FA Cup fourth round against Cardiff City at Anfield and scored past the Kop for the first time.
Firpo featured in the September clash and witnessed the incident first-hand so he was delighted to see Elliott back on Sunday (February 6).
“So good to see you back on the court, Harvey!” he said reply to a tweet from the official Liverpool account.
One of the good guys
No one would have raised an eyebrow if the 25-year-old from the Dominican Republic hadn’t replied to the message, but it shows his humility.
It was a contractual obligation or a guilty excuse, just a footballer wanting the best for the other.
This might have been frowned upon in the old days, when players were much more aggressive and unwavering with their opponents, but it won’t fly these days.
Elliott is a young lad with plenty of talent and even Leeds supporters won’t have liked to see him stretched out at Elland Road in September as the Reds lost 3-0.
It might just be a small gesture, but it’s something more players need to follow and Firpo is the epitome of a true leader.
Marcelo Bielsa may have had that effect on him as the most honest manager and I hope it will continue in the future with the stars of Leeds leading the way in empathy.
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