Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has played down Divock Origi injury fears ahead of the Merseyside derby clash against Everton on 19 December at Goodison Park. He scored his fifth goal in as many matches for the Reds but was substituted after falling to the turf in his side's 3-0 win Middlesbrough.

The Belgium international was replaced by Trent Alexander-Arnold in the stoppage time as the latter made his Premier League debut for the Merseyside club. Klopp saw his side bounce back against Boro after failing to win their previous two league fixtures.

With Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge still on the sidelines, the former Borussia Dortmund manager has started Origi as the man to lead the Liverpool attack. Klopp confirmed the striker picked up a knock and said the player was not injured, despite going down in the final minutes at the Riverside Stadium.

"I don't think [he is injured], no. A little knock and a little bit of pain. We wanted to change Sadio but then Divock was on the floor," Klopp told Liverpool's official website.

Liverpool's next four fixtures will see them face Everton, Stoke City, Manchester City and Sunderland. The last three matches will be played in a space of less than a week and Klopp has expressed his thoughts regarding the busy festive schedule.

"The good thing is we are not the only team! We knew it before, it's not so nice. I am not sure what you think about it but the [two games in three days against Manchester City and Sunderland] is not the best idea in the world but all the rest is quite OK," he said.

"To play on December 19 and then 27 now, that's a big gap. From now to Everton is normal and then there's a big gap, that's all OK. The [later gap] is a funny idea but we have to be there and we will be there.

"To be really successful we needed a little bit of luck with injuries and until now we have not [been] the luckiest guys in the league. It's not a lot but it is enough but we have still a good team, so we will go through however."

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Divock Origi picked up a knock in Liverpool's 3-0 win over Middlesbrough Getty