By Alex Stevens
Peter Reid condemned Ramiro Funes Mori for a “scandalous” tackle on Divock Origi that could rule the striker out of Liverpool’s Europa League semi-final showdown.
Funes Mori was sent off early in the second half of Everton’s 4-0 thumping at Anfield 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.
Liverpool now face an anxious wait to discover the extent of Origi’s ankle injury on what was the one blot on an otherwise memorable evening.
Everton defender Funes Mori repeatedly beat the badge on his jersey after being given his marching orders, which left former Toffees midfielder Peter Reid distinctly unimpressed.
“It’s a really poor challenge,” Reid told Radio Five Live during the match. “You can’t condone anything like that. He should have thought about the badge when he was defending.
“It is a scandalous challenge and I just hope Divock Origi is okay.”
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.
Klopp and his staff will hope the Liverpool injury news is that the Belgian has suffered a sprain rather than a fracture, which would rule him out for the rest of the season.
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.