Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp provided an encouraging update on the ankle injury suffered by Alberto Moreno during his side's rampant 7-0 win over Spartak Moscow on Wednesday (6 December) but could not confirm whether the Spaniard will be available to face Everton in the Merseyside derby.
Moreno, who has done well to battle back into Klopp's first-team plans this season after looking destined to leave Merseyside in the summer, went down after stretching to stifle a Spartak attack and, after attempting bravely to soldier on, collapsed on the stroke of half-time before being replaced by James Milner.
The former Sevilla star looked in some discomfort as he trudged down the Anfield tunnel but Klopp, who already has key defender Joel Matip on the sidelines, thinks the Reds may have got "lucky" with the knock, which did not seem to look "serious".
"It was a strange situation," Klopp said in his press conference. "He's a tough guy. If he can't continue the game you must consider it is something serious but in treatment room it didn't seem so serious. Maybe we have been lucky."
Although Klopp would no doubt prefer to have Moreno available for the clash against Everton, who have left most of their first-team at Finch Farm ahead of their Europa League dead rubber against Apollon Limassol in Cyprus, the German will certainly be encouraged by Milner's second half performance, during which he laid on three assists to help Liverpool romp to victory over Massimo Carrera's side, who have their own derby to contend with against CSKA on the weekend.
Andrew Robertson could also fill the void left by Moreno against Everton if his colleague is ruled out, though the Scotland international did not feature in the matchday squad on Wednesday night.
Many were predicting a much tighter affair to materialise at Anfield, but Klopp, who has overseen more 7-0 victories than 1-0 wins this season at Liverpool, believes his side played a brand of football that their opponents had the misfortune of coming up against.
"Nobody could imagine that it would go like this, it's an all or nothing game so it was clear, Spartak are a really good side and difficult to play against but we opened the game perfectly, we played the passes we wanted in behind. We got the penalty and from this moment on we were not to defend anymore. It was a nice night at Anfield," Klopp said.
"An early goal usually helps, I told the boys at half-time that we need to show that we learn from our mistakes [the collapse at Sevilla]. We kept going, we had to close the gaps better, it's really difficult when we go to the next gear and play this kind of football."