In-form Liverpool striker is a doubt for showdown against Everton

By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens

Divock Origi has given Liverpool a scare ahead of the Merseyside derby by suffering a back problem, according to Jurgen Klopp.

The in-form Belgian striker has emerged as the first choice striker in Klopp’s squad after being given the nod to start both legs of the Europa League quarter-final win over Borussia Dortmund.

Origi responded with outstanding displays against the German side and has plundered four goals in his last three matches.

But Klopp named Origi as one of three injury concerns ahead of the Premier League clash against Everton at Anfield on Wednesday night, along with Kolo Toure and Martin Skrtel.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference, as quoted by the Mirror, the manager said: “Kolo had cramp, Divock little problem with his back but no real issue. Skrtel had a groin problem before Bournemouth.”

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The 226th Merseyside derby will be Klopp’s first since taking over as Liverpool boss in October, with the goalless draw at Goodison Park earlier in the season proving to be predecessor Brendan Rodgers’ last stand.
“No one will be rested”

Klopp made 10 changes for the 2-1 win over Bournemouth on Sunday following the phenomenal win over Dortmund three days earlier.

But the German intends to field his strongest available team against Everton.

“We have a situation where we can change,” Klopp said. “We felt good before game vs Bournemouth and it will be the same vs Everton. No-one will be rested.”

In other Liverpool news, Rafael Benitez has revealed how his former club nearly signed one of the world’s outstanding players when he was at Anfield.