By Alex Stevens
Divock Origi will be told within the next few hours how long he will be sidelined with an ankle injury following the horror tackle from Ramiro Funes Mori in the Merseyside derby.
A Liverpool source has told Football Insider that Origi was due to undergo a scan on Thursday to find out the extent of the injury and whether he faces Europa League heartache.
Jurgen Klopp revealed on Wednesday night that Origi has not broken his ankle but the young striker has suffered suspected ligament damage.
Scan results are expected to confirm that the Belgian will out for weeks and will miss the Europa League 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.
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 for months. 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. “I can’t say too much about Origi but they say it is disgusting, awful pictures.
“When I came in, everyone who had seen the pictures were worried it was broken, but it is not. I went to see Divock in the medical room. I saw him smiling. The ankle is twisted, and we have to wait to see what has happened to the ligaments. That’s how it is.”
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.