Tottenham boost as Liverpool senior duo doubts for Saturday showdown
By Harvey Byrne
Emre Can and Divock Origi are doubts for Liverpool’s Premier League showdown against Tottenham on Saturday.
Can (ankle) and Origi (cramp) broke down in the Reds’ 5-0 victory over Burton in the EFL Cup on Tuesday night.
Jurgen Klopp has revealed that the two players are doubtful to play a part in the game against Spurs at White Hart Lane, but there’s nothing serious with either player.
“There are a few players a little bit in doubt, of course. It’s not too serious,” said Klopp to the official club website.
“We had a game on Tuesday and the next game is in two days again, so we need to wait a little bit.
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“Of course, it’s Emre – there’s nothing really serious in the ankle but it’s ‘his’ ankle if you want, where he had a few problems in the past.
“It shouldn’t be too long, for sure, but maybe too long for the Tottenham game, I don’t know in this moment.
“It’s the same with Divock. It’s nothing serious really. But if you have cramp, whatever the cramp exactly is because [there are] different levels, you need to have a look at it too. So it’s not for sure that they will be available.”
Both players were in the starting lineup for the first time of the new campaign after finding themselves moved down the club’s pecking order for their various positions.
Can, 22, lasted 71 minutes before he was forced off with an ankle injury and replaced by youngster Kevin Stewart.
Meanwhile, Origi, 21 was hauled off after 88 minutes with cramp, but the Reds had made all of their substitutions leaving his side to end the match with ten men.
The Belgian attacker opened the scoring after 15 minutes, while Roberto Firmino, an own goal from Tom Naylor and a double from Daniel Sturridge ensured an easy victory against the Championship club.
The match against Spurs is being broadcasted on Sky Sports at 12:30pm.
In other Liverpool team news, Sunderland are set to complete the season-long loan signing of former Reds defender Javier Manquillo.