Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is thankful 18-year-old Yasser Larouci was not more seriously injured after he was ‘hit full throttle’ by a disgusting challenge from Sevilla’s Joris Gnagnon.
Sunday’s pre-season friendly at Fenway Park was marred by a number of ill-tempered incidents, which saw Sevilla widely slammed by supporters on social media for their conduct.
Ever Banega was lucky to stay on the pitch after catching Harry Wilson in the face with an elbow, but the most significant moment came when French defender Gnagnon was dealt a straight red card for needlessly scything down Reds youngster Larouci.
The reckless tackle draw a strong response from senior Liverpool players, with captain Jordan Henderson and defender Virgil van Dijk and Andy Robertson angrily confronting the Sevilla man at full-time.
Larouci left the pitch on a stretcher and was later seen walking with crutches and with a protective boot on his leg.
His club said the young left-back will require further assessment, but Klopp said believes he not as seriously injured as first thought.
Speaking after his side’s 2-1 defeat in Boston, the Liverpool boss said: “[It’s] much too early in the season to create headlines with saying the things I think about the situation.
“Let me say how the situation is with Yasser; it looks like he was lucky but, of course, how it always is with these things we have to wait a little bit. He couldn’t keep on playing, so that’s the first not-so-good sign but in the dressing room it was OK, similar how it looks to Harry [Wilson].
“Harry got a knock on his jaw and a finger in his eye, so not too cool. He should be OK as well but couldn’t carry on as well. That’s the situation.”
Asked for specifics on the Larouci injury, Klopp added: “He hit him full throttle and, in that moment, [if it was] a little bit different position where he hit him then it’s done. He rolls… he is a sports boy so that was OK, nothing happened there.
“I don’t know 100 per cent. It looks like he was lucky but I only spoke quickly to the Doc and that’s what he said, but we have to see.”