Liverpool were flying in what many expected to be a tight contest Sunday against Leeds United at Elland Road; Fabinho put the Red's up 2-0 in the 50th minute, and the match was shaping up to be a comfortable, surgical victory for the away side.
Then, in the 58th minute, disaster struck. 18 year old phenom Harvey Elliot was scissor-tackled from behind as he drove down the right flank and had his ankle dislocated, in gruesome fashion.
The youngster had to be stretchered off the pitch and taken straight to the hospital for treatment.
Understandably, this was on the players' minds in the post-match press conference, despite the stellar performance the side put in.
"In times like this it's not about the result," right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold explained.
"The result is always important but when something like that happens on the pitch, it's never nice."
"It really affects everyone out there," Alexander-Arnold continued. "You can see the distress on everyone's faces and how much everyone was around him and caring for him – even the Leeds players were there caring for him, so that was a nice touch."
With regards to the performance, Alexander-Arnold was satisfied: "We could have been a lot more clinical, put the game to bed earlier and really probably scored a lot more goals. But you never turn your nose up at a 3-0 win at Elland Road – a clean sheet, three goals and three points."
Center-back Virgil van Dijk shared a similar sentiment: "All our thoughts and prayers are going to Harvey. Hopefully, he recovers quickly and as good as possible from it. Obviously we have no idea what the diagnosis is at the moment, but it looked bad."
"Apart from that, it was a fantastic team win here," van Dijk added. "Intense game, I enjoyed every bit (of) the atmosphere because obviously you didn't experience this for awhile."
"So, two feelings that's there," van Dijk concluded.
Mohamed Salah, who netted his 100th Premier League goal on Sunday, was enthused by both his individual performance and the team's: "I'm so proud to score 100 goals in the Premier League."
"The main thing, for me and for the team, (is) just to win the game," Salah added. "So, hopefully I can score many goals for the club before I go."
So, while Liverpool's shining performance was overshadowed by Elliot's grim injury, the team looks to be in a positive state as it heads into its Champion's League clash with AC Milan Wednesday evening at Anfield.