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​Leeds boss Bielsa respects Liverpool whizkid Elliott over Struijk message

Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa has thanked youngster Harvey Elliott for his kind words about Pascal Struijk.

Liverpool midfielder Elliott suffered a horror ankle injury when the Reds beat Leeds in the Premier League last weekend.

Struijk committed the challenge that resulted in the injury, and was sent off for his trouble.

Elliott, however, came out and stated that he felt the injury was an accident, and that Struijk did not deserve a red for the challenge.

"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," he wrote on Instagram.

During his press conference on Thursday, Bielsa said: "It's very easy to clear up. Without Pascal on the pitch, the superiority of Liverpool was evident."

He continued: "The second thing is that there was a [player with] appearances in the four/five games played, is Elliott [who has played] the same appearances as Mount or Foden and those who love football, when a player of that nature is injured, we're saddened.

"Pascal is a noble person, with good intentions and of course he regrets the injury. But the generosity Elliott had to describe things as they were, it helps to ease the effect on Pascal.

"The footballers always end up being the most pure thing in football, the players say what they think without speculating.

"When the injury to Elliott happened, the demands of it was explicit, the convenience of playing half an hour with one player less, behind evidently a grave injury to player, the pressure of the referee had that intention.

"But the players are a lot less speculative than us.

"I value a lot what Elliott [said that] made Pascal exempt."

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