Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp conceded that the injury suffered by Divock Origi soured the 4-0 win over Everton on Wednesday, but insisted the Belgian has avoided a more serious injury.
Everton defender Funes Mori was sent off in the second half at Anfield for his lunge on the Liverpool striker, with Origi leaving the pitch on a stretcher.
Naturally, not only was that a concern to all connected to the Belgian, but it also dampened what was another successful night for Klopp’s men.
However, the German tactician has revealed that fortunately his star man has avoided any break in the ankle, but it remains to be seen whether or not he returns before the end of the season.
“4-0 against Everton, if you told me before the game I would take it but now it is spoiled by the injury,” he said after the game, as noted by ESPN FC. “The situation with Divock Origi is not good. The first reaction was maybe it’s broken but it’s not broken.
“The ankle is twisted so we have to see. The season is only four weeks. I am happy that it is not broken.
“When you want to have success you need luck with injuries. Seeing him on the floor is not too nice so I couldn’t enjoy the second half too much.”
The 21-year-old has found some form in recent weeks and had taken his tally for the season up to 10 goals with three assists in 33 appearances in all competitions.
In turn, Origi would have been expected to play an important part in the season run-in as Liverpool continue to push up the Premier League table as well as progress in the Europa League.
However, it is unclear as to how long the former Lille star will now be sidelined for, as he will also face a race against time to prove his fitness and form ahead of Euro 2016 in France this summer.