Pepijn Lijnders has detailed how Harvey Elliott has responded ‘outstandingly’ in dealing with the setback of facing time on the sidelines following ankle surgery.

The midfielder underwent a successful operation last week after suffering a fracture dislocation of the left joint during Liverpool’s 3-0 win at Leeds United on September 12.

No timescale has been placed upon a return to action for Elliott, though he is expected to feature again this season after completing his rehabilitation programme with the club’s medical team.

“Harvey is Harvey, a young boy and he deals with it outstandingly, I have to say,” Lijnders told reporters at a pre-Norwich City press conference on Monday.

“If you see our squad of players, we have so many players who had not similar injuries, but similar situations where they had a long-term injury. You see that our group is a proper family, you see how they reacted when it happened - Naby was with tears in his eyes next to the pitch, Curtis was emotional.

“You see how much it means to all of us, not just from a football point of view, but from a young player point of view [who was] in such a good moment and we lost one of our better midfielders.

“He deals with it really well and we have a really strong structure in place with our medical department, with all the guys around, we try to support him as much as we can in these early stages.

“With a long-term injury, each day is a victory - the small things, step by step, and he’s focusing on this.”