Harvey Vale reacts to Liverpool midfielder Harvey Elliott's goalscoring display yesterday

Harvey Vale added his name to the long list of adoring messages that Harvey Elliott received yesterday on social media.

Elliott came on a substitute during Liverpool’s FA Cup fixture against Cardiff City on Sunday afternoon.

Standing ovation for Elliott

The 18-year-old was greeted by a rapturous reception from the Anfield crowd, as they welcomed back the young forward following his long injury layoff.

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He had been sidelined for five months, after suffering a fracture dislocation in his ankle towards the beginning of the season.

Before being cruelly struck down, the teenager had started three of Liverpool’s first four Premier League matches.

Following 147 days of pain, recovery and rehabilitation, the former Fulham prodigy finally stepped back onto the field of play.

Happy for Harvey

Not to let the moment pass him by, Elliott went and scored the Premier League side’s third of the afternoon, sealing their 3-1 victory over Cardiff.

His finish showed absolutely no signs of rustiness.

After collecting Andy Robertson’s low cross, he smashed the ball past a helpless Dillon Phillips.

The red half of Merseyside erupted into a scene of pure elation; a scene reflected in the player’s celebration.

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Rather poetically, it was his first senior goal for Jurgen Klopp’s team.

Understandably, after the final whistle, Elliott took to Instagram to really revel in the joyous occasion.

He mentioned the strike being the stuff of dreams, whilst also thanking all of the Liverpool staff that made the event possible.

The comment section became a hotbed of charming messages of congratulations, from those both within the Red community and outside it as well.

His Chelsea namesake, Vale, left a very affectionate reply.

Tammy Abraham and Billy Gilmour also joined in on the recognition for Elliott’s goalscoring return.

Although you might be our rival, it’s great to see you back, Harvey!

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.