By Alex Stevens
Jurgen Klopp is hopeful Divock Origi can still play for Liverpool again this season.
Belgium reports have stated the striker will be out for four to six weeks with ankle ligament damage following the horror tackle from Ramiro Funes Mori in the Merseyside derby.
Origi underwent scans at hospital on Thursday and the initial assessment, as reported by publication RBTF, is that his season could be over.
However, manager Klopp gave a glimmer of hope about Origi’s injury when he spoke at his media conference on Friday afternoon ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash against Newcastle.
“It’s serious. What can I say? We will try everything but….” said Klopp, as quoted by the official Liverpool Twitter account. “We just have to work with him and see what happens. I did my ACL and played after 4 months. No-one could believe it.”
The boss confirms @DivockOrigi‘s injury is serious but doesn’t believe his season is over.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 22, 2016
It is almost certain Liverpool will be without their newly established No1 striker for their Europa League two-legged semi-final against Villarreal.
The first leg of the tie is in Spain next Thursday and a fully fit Origi would have been expected to spearhead the attack.
There is a slim possibility Origi could return for the final if Liverpool overcome Villarreal but the youngster joins Emre Can and Jordan Henderson in an uphill battle to regain full fitness for the showdown in Basle on 18 May.
Funes Mori was sent off early in the second half of Everton’s 4-0 thumping at Liverpool on Wednesday night after lunging in on Origi’s ankle.
Klopp revealed afterwards that Origi had not broken his ankle but the young striker had suffered suspected ligament damage.
The Belgian striker underwent extensive treatment before being stretchered off and heading straight down the tunnel for further medical attention.
This prompted immediate fears that Origi could be ruled out for months. Klopp revealed the injury was not as bad as at first feared although he admitted it had blotted what should have been a memorable evening for the home side.
The Belgian was once again given the nod over Daniel Sturridge in the clash against Everton and responded with a first-half header to break the deadlock.
It was his fifth goal in four matches and lifted his tally for the season to 10.
Goals from Mamadou Sakho, Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho increased Liverpool’s advantage and helped them climb to seventh in the Premier League table.
In other Liverpool injury news, the Merseysiders have been given a fitness update on another big-name attacker.