By Alex Stevens
Divock Origi has emerged as a major doubt for Liverpool’s Premier League clash against Swansea on Saturday.
Jurgen Klopp revealed at his media conference on Thursday afternoon that the Belgian striker was struggling with a foot injury sustained during training this week.
The German played down the significance of the problem ahead of the trip to the Liberty Stadium, which is a 12.30pm kick-off on Saturday.
“Origi got a knock on his foot,” said Klopp, as quoted by the Twitter account of Liverpool Echo journalist James Pearce. “We need to do more assessments. Nothing major.”
Klopp: “It’s been a normal training week. Divock Origi got a knock on his foot. We need to do more assessments. Nothing major.”
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceEcho) September 29, 2016
Origi has not started any of Liverpool’s six league matches this season but came off the bench on four occasions and is a key member of the senior squad.
The young striker has started both of the club’s League Cup matches and scored goals in each of the clashes against Championship sides Burton and Derby.
Klopp’s preferred spearhead in the opening weeks of the season has been Brazilian playmaker Roberto Firmino, who has been chosen to lead the front line in five of the six matches.
This has forced Origi and fellow striker Daniel Sturridge on to the bench, while Danny Ings has not even been able to force his way into the matchday squad.
In other Liverpool team news, this is the expected starting XI to face Swansea.