Harvey Elliott will have surgery in the coming days after dislocating his ankle during Liverpool's 3-0 Premier League win over Leeds United on Sunday.
Elliott fell awkwardly following a challenge from behind from Whites midfielder Pascal Struijk and required lengthy on-field treatment before being taken off.
After the game, Jurgen Klopp suggested that he had suffered a dislocated ankle, and a report by the Athletic has now confirmed this. Elliott was taken to Leeds General Infirmary from Elland Road and will likely undergo surgery on Tuesday.
The club have confirmed he has been discharged from hospital as of Sunday night.
Speaking post-match, Klopp said: "It's a bad injury. Ankle, I heard it was dislocated. We could put it back. He's in the hospital.
"I couldn't care less [if it was a red card], it is not my business. It is a serious injury, definitely for an 18 year old boy. The red card is not important. Two or three weeks we can play on, Harvey will not."
Elliott has made an electric start to the season, impressing in a midfield role. He started Premier League games against Burnley, Chelsea and most recently Leeds, over senior players such as Thiago Alcantara, Naby Keita and Jordan Henderson.
Elliott would have been expected to earn further minutes over the following weeks and months, but he will now face a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
He has already given an update on his condition via his Instagram, thanking fans for their messages of support and vowing that his recovery "starts now". Elliott became the youngest Premier League player ever in 2019 when he came on as a substitute for Fulham. He is still just 18-years-old and has a bright future in the game as soon as he returns to full fitness.
Liverpool did not let Elliott's injury affect their performance against Leeds, with goals from Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Thiago Alcantara sealing their victory.