By Alex Stevens
Jurgen Klopp has revealed that Divock Origi has not broken his ankle following the horror tackle from Ramiro Funes Mori in the Merseyside derby.
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.
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 of Liverpool’s Europa League semi-final showdown.
But Klopp revealed the injury is not as bad as at first feared although he admitted it had blotted what should have been a memorable evening for the home side.
“I would like to say yes, I am delighted, but the injury to Divock Origi has cost me some joy,” said Klopp afterwards, as quoted by the BBC Sport website. “It’s really great I would like to say but I cannot ignore this situation.
“I can’t say too much about Origi but they say it is disgusting, awful pictures. But it’s not broken, it is a twisted ankle, he is on crutches walking around so we will have to see.”
Liverpool could now be missing the in-form striker for the Europa League clash against Villarreal.
The first leg of the tie is in Spain next Thursday and Origi would have been expected to spearhead the attack.
“4-0 against Everton, if you told me before the game I would take it but now it is spoiled by the injury,” Klopp told Radio Five Live. “When you want to have success you need luck with injuries. Seeing him on the floor is not too nice so I couldn’t enjoy the second half too much.”
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 11.
Goals from Mamadou Sakho, Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho increased Liverpool’s advantage and helped them climb to seventh in the Premier League table.