By Coral Barry
Divock Origi has no chance of making the Europa League final in May and could still require surgery, according to Belgian football expert Kristof Terreur.
A scan on Origi’s ankle on Thursday revealed ankle ligament damage with the initial assessment, as reported by publication RBFT, that the Belgian would be sidelined for four to six weeks and his season was over.
However, Klopp offered hope in his press conference on Friday that Origi could yet return before the end of the season and may even be fit for the Europa League final on 18 May, should Liverpool progress past semi-final opponents Villarreal.
But HTN journalist Terreur has now dismissed Klopp’s optimism regarding Origi’s recovery and has revealed that Liverpool’s first choice striker could still go under the knife.
“He has damaged ligaments, so he will need at least four or five weeks to get fit again, so it will be a race against the clock for him [to be available for this summer’s European Championship],” said Terreur speaking to Talksport on Saturday.
“The doctors are not sure if he needs surgery or not; if he needs surgery he won’t go to the Euros and his campaign is over.
“It’s quite a pity for the guy, who was having a huge impact the last few weeks, and suddenly with a stupid challenge it’s all over.”
Origi suffered the potentially season-ending tackle in the second half of Liverpool’s 4-0 rout of Everton on Wednesday night when Ramiro Funes Mori stamped on the striker’s ankle.
The Belgian had been enjoying a purple patch of form with five goals in his last six appearances and as a result had established himself as Liverpool’s number one frontman ahead of seasoned goalscorer Daniel Sturridge.
It was also expected that Origi’s impressive performances was catching the eye of Belgian international coach Marc Wilmots in the run-up to the summer European Championship in France.
In other Liverpool news, two other sidelined Reds stars could yet make their return to action before the final.