“Probably a lot of people thought after the [Wolves] game, ‘What were they doing?’ [but] he played with a ruptured syndesmosis,” said Klopp of Ejaria, as quoted by the official Liverpool website.

“I don’t exactly know how this works but he got a knock in the first half, half-time he got treatment, and everybody was asking if it was good [and he said] it was good.

“I couldn’t see anything in the second half and he woke up the next morning and it was [swollen]. These boys really want [to play] – if there’s any doubt about it – even the very young ones.

“Now he’s obviously out for a while. [The syndesmosis] is a ligament between the shin bone and the [ankle]. It’s not nice, it’s really painful.”

Hay explained the Ejaria interest as he shared an update of Leeds’ transfer plans with less than 36 hours of the January window remaining.

He said Villarreal winger Alfonso Pedraza was closing in on a loan move to Elland Road, and the club were still working on a deal to sign striker Ashley Fletcher from West Ham.

Ejaria has broken into the Liverpool first-team set-up this season alongside fellow academy graduates Ben Woodburn and Trent Alexander-Arnold.

The attacking midfielder has made eight first-team appearances in total, with six of them coming in the cup competitions.