Liverpool midfielder Elijah Dixon-Bonner has been dealt a serious injury blow after sustaining knee ligament damage.
According to the ECHO’, Dixon-Bonner – who made his first-team debut as a late substitute in the FA Cup fourth-round replay victory over Shrewsbury Town earlier this month – will likely sit a huge chunk of the remainder of the season on the sidelines following the excruciating setback.
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The teenager suffered the knock during the Reds’ under-23’s 3-0 victory in their Premier League Cup against Huddersfield Town last Friday.
Who is Elijah Dixon-Bonner?
Dixon-Bonner is a 19-year-old talented central midfielder who has been a fundamental figure under Neil Critchley this season for Liverpool’s U23s side – and has regularly captained the team.
He had been an ever-present and durable member before his excruciating injury missing all but one Premier League 2 game for the Reds.
The England U17s international has featured 26 times for Liverpool across all competitions this season.
Dixon-Bonner was on the bench for the Carabao Cup defeat at Aston Villa and featured in all three group games in the EFL Trophy during which he was twice captain and scored in the 5-2 defeat at Accrington Stanley.
He was also part of the team that won the FA Youth Cup last season after Liverpool successfully defeated Manchester City on penalties to claim the famous trophy for the first time since 2007.
Dixon-Bonner is a player the club rate very highly and the midfield powerhouse will certainly come back stronger following the setback.
Following the injury, Critchley did reveal he was hopeful that his skipper could still return before the end of the season.
He said: “It happened on Friday against Huddersfield. He had a collision with one of their players and has damaged one of the ligaments in his knee, so he’s going to be out for a number of weeks.
“It’s really disappointing to us and not nice to see.
“He has played a lot of games for us and done extremely well this season. He’s had a really good season, and I was hoping to see him push on in the back end.
“Elijah is very philosophical about it, he has got his head around it and knows he is going to face a little period in the gym.
“But he’ll be fine, as he is mentally a very strong boy. We hope to see him again this season.”
Dixon-Bonner’s FA Youth Cup-winning captain and the player who converted the winning penalty, Paul Glatzel is another Liverpool star who has had to fight his way back towards the comeback trail following a knee injury that has kept the talented U19 German international out for the season.
The striker’s remarkable rise in the academy set-up was rewarded with a senior bow in the pre-season friendly with Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park.
However, sadly for Glatzel, his unwavering determination to impress was hindered by a serious knee injury that very same day.
Luckily for both players, Klopp’s decision to extend his Liverpool contract until 2024 means the manager looking to oversee the next generation of talent himself with Klopp making it a priority to ensure the club’s next generation of talent are promptly reminded that Liverpool is the perfect pathway for them to continue their development.