Jurgen Klopp is hoping Emre Can's injury is not serious after the midfielder came off after 71 minutes during Liverpool's 5-0 win over Burton Albion in the second round of the EFL Cup. The manager confirmed that it was an ankle injury which forced the player to withdraw midway through the second-half at the Pirelli Stadium.
The injury was not brought about by contact with another player, and Klopp is hoping that it is a minor knock. The biggest fear is that it is an injury to the same ankle that caused problems in the latter stages of last season, which saw him miss four of Liverpool's last six Premier League games.
"He had a little pain in his ankle without any touch - I couldn't see any contact. It was a long leg, then a little bit floppy and then he had pain," the former Borussia Dortmund manager said, as quoted on Liverpool's official site.
"But it is not that serious. It's not that big [of a] pain anymore, but it's the ankle he had problems with at the end of last season, so he's a little bit worried. Hopefully it's nothing too serious," the German coach added.
Divock Origi also looked to have picked up a knock at the end of the game, but the manager has allayed fears of a second injury by confirming that it was just a bout of cramps. The Belgian striker along with Roberto Firmino, and Daniel Sturridge made sure the Reds moved comfortable into the next phase of the tournament.
Liverpool travel to White Hart Lane to take on Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday (27 August) and the manager will be hoping that the Germany international, who forms a vital part of their midfield alongside Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana, is fit and ready to reprise his role as the Reds look to get back to winning ways in the league.