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.