A potentially serious injury to in-form striker Divock Origi cast a shadow over Liverpool’s 4-0 thumping of Everton in the 226th Merseyside derby.
The usually ebullient Jurgen Klopp admitted he found it difficult to raise a smile despite Origi, Mamadou Sakho, Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho completing a rousing victory over their near-neighbours.
Origi, who has become Klopp’s first-choice after scoring five goals in as many matches, was carried off on a stretcher after Ramiro Funes Mori was sent off for stamping on his ankle.
“Everything is okay – apart from Divock,” said the Liverpool manager.
“Usually after 4-0 I don’t know how to keep my smile off my face but it is pretty easy.
“If you told me before the game we would win 4-0 I thought I’d feel different.
“It is a big shadow on the game to be honest.
“Everyone who saw the pictures said maybe it is broken – it is not. We have to wait for a final assessment, it is too early.
“I went to Divock in the medical room and I saw him smiling.
“The ankle is twisted and we have to wait to see what has happened to the ligaments.”