Jurgen Klopp is hopeful that Divock Origi and Kolo Toure's injuries are not too serious as Liverpool prepare for the Merseyside derby on Wednesday (20 April). The duo suffered knocks during the Reds' 2-1 win over Bournemouth in the Premier League.
The Merseyside club has been struck by injury woes in recent weeks as they look to finish the season on a high. They are still in with a chance to finish in the top four of the Premier League if they win all their matches, while they also face a semi-final clash in the Europa League against Villarreal in the coming weeks.
Origi and Toure will join Jordan Henderson and Emre Can, who were recently down with major injuries, ruling the duo out for the rest of the season and possibly out of contention for a place in their respective national teams for the European Championship finals in France later this year.
Origi's loss will be a massive blow to the German manager, who has relied on the striker for his pace and power during the big games. The Belgium international was a second-half substitute during the win over the Cherries and seems to have sustained a back injury.
Toure, on the other hand, had to be replaced in the second-half with a suspected hamstring injury. The Ivory Coast defender has provided solid backup to first choice centre-backs Dejan Lovren and Mamadou Sakho. Klopp will be hopeful that both injuries are short-term as they have a busy schedule ahead.
"He got a knock to his back, I think. He was able to carry on, but I asked him after the game and he told me he had a knock to his back. Hopefully it's not serious," Klopp said following the 2-1 win over the Cherries, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo.
"Kolo's problem is a little bit more. It's the muscle – I'm not sure if it's cramp or something more, but in the last few months Kolo has not had any problems with his muscles, so hopefully it's not too serious either," the German coach added.