Liverpool are likely to be without Divock Origi for a minimum of four weeks with the ankle ligament injury he sustained in the victory over Everton on Wednesday.
The in-form Belgium international, who scored his 10th goal of the season in Wednesday’s derby defeat of Everton, was carried off at Anfield as a result of an appalling foul by Ramiro Funes Mori.
Fears that Origi had suffered a broken ankle were allayed by Jurgen Klopp but the Reds admitted the setback left “a big shadow on the game”. However, following a scan on Thursday, Liverpool fear the striker has suffered ligament damage that will rule the 21-year-old out for at least a month, and more probably, six weeks.
That will, in effect, mean Origi missing the rest of the season – along with recent Liverpool casualties Emre Can and Jordan Henderson – and damage the game plan that Klopp has employed in recent Europa League fixtures.
Ironically Origi credited Sturridge with being a major help in his development during his first season at Anfield, progress which saw him emerge as Klopp’s preferred striker for the big games in recent weeks having started both legs of the Europa League quarter-final against Borussia Dortmund and the derby, scoring in each.
Everton defender Funes Mori has since apologised for the foul.
Sturridge on Origi
Origi’s improvement at Anfield has been nothing short of astonishing and he’s got from being Liverpool’s fourth-choice striker to arguably Klopp’s first choice in a matter of weeks.
The Belgian says he has adapted his game and has learnt from Daniel Sturridge, though the England striker was keen to play down his role in the Belgian’s rise: “Divock has put the work in himself so I wouldn’t like to take credit for the work he has done.
“You have to take things from everyone’s game and if he’s taken things from my game I am grateful I could help him.
“I’m not too old to learn from any players. I still watch clips of older generations – Thierry Henry, Ronaldo – as well as players who aren’t playing for top clubs.
“I am a student of the game, I like to watch and it is important to keep adding facets to your game so you can improve.”