Jurgen Klopp reacts to massive injury blow for Liverpool ahead of Newcastle’s visit to Anfield

Divock Origi
Divock Origi

Liverpool have suffered an injury blow ahead of Newcastle United’s visit to Anfield.

In-form striker Divock Origi was stretchered off after suffering an ankle injury during last night’s 4-0 win over 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 after Ramiro Funes Mori was sent off for stamping on his ankle.

“Everything is OK – 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.

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.

Jurgen Klopp

“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.”

Second-bottom Newcastle can climb out of the Premier League’s relegation zone with first win in 22 years at Anfield.