Liverpool striker Divock Origi will be fit to face rivals Everton at Anfield on Wednesday (20 April) after recovering from a slight injury issue. The Belgian international has temporarily established himself ahead of Daniel Sturridge as Jurgen Klopp's first-choice forward option over recent weeks, scoring crucial goals in both Europa League quarter-final meetings with Borussia Dortmund as well as coming off the bench to net a brace in the rout of Stoke City.
Origi was one of 10 players from that thrilling second leg who were rotated for last weekend's trip to Bournemouth, starting on the bench before replacing Roberto Firmino for the final 15 minutes of a 2-1 victory on the south coast. His availability for the 226th Merseyside derby was originally in question due to a back knock, although such a problem has not been deemed serious enough to keep him sidelined. Kolo Toure is also in contention after a hamstring complaint that forced his substitution at Dean Court was revealed to be nothing more than cramp.
"In the game against Bournemouth, I think – and what I have heard so far is – it was cramp with Kolo," Klopp told reporters at his pre-match press conference. " Divock was only a little bit [of a problem] with the back – maybe from sitting on the bench. It was not a real issue.
"He felt it a little bit in the game and so we left him out of training yesterday but that was only not to take a risk. So that is OK. Before the [Bournemouth] game, Martin Skrtel had a little groin problem but with all the other [players], there's nothing new."
The sweeping changes made by Klopp at Bournemouth did little to disrupt the momentum of his side, who chalked up a third consecutive victory in all competitions courtesy of efforts from Sturridge and Firmino. Liverpool could be forgiven for having their attentions fixed elsewhere with a last-four visit to La Liga outfit Villarreal just over a week away, but their manager insists that he will resist the temptation to rest anyone.
"We have a situation where we can change. We felt good before game versus Bournemouth and it will be the same versus Everton. No-one will be rested."
Two players who will definitely sit out Klopp's first clash with Everton since succeeding Brendan Rodgers are Jordan Henderson and Emre Can. The midfield duo are both set to be sidelined for the remainder of the domestic season and could also miss this summer's European Championship finals in France due to knee and ankle ligament injuries respectively. Christian Benteke is also out, as are long-term absentees Danny Ings and Joe Gomez.