Liverpool have been dealt a major injury blow in their pursuit of silverware this season after Divock Origi was ruled out for up to four to six weeks with ankle ligament damage. The striker suffered the injury following a crunching tackle from Everton defender Ramiro Funes Mori during the Merseyside Derby on 20 April.
According to the Guardian, the striker is facing at least a month on the sidelines after he was stretchered off in the second-half during the clash between the two arch rivals, this could see him miss the rest of the season. The Reds are chasing Europa League glory and face Villarreal in the semi-finals, and the in-form striker will miss the last four clash and will also be ruled out if Jurgen Klopp's team make it to the final, which is scheduled to be played on 18 May in Basel.
The Belgium international's loss will be a massive hit for the manager, who had ruled out a fracture following the game, but ankle ligament damage could also see a lengthy spell on the sidelines. Origi had scored his 10th goal of the season before being injured, and was improving with every game going into the final part of the campaign.
Apart from missing the rest of the campaign with Liverpool, the striker will be sweating over his place in the Belgium squad for the European Championship finals to be held in France in June this year. He is already facing competition from Romelu Lukaku and Michy Batshuayi to be the first choice and this injury could seriously jeopardise his chances of making the final 23-man squad.
Funes Mori, who was slammed by Jamie Carragher for his reaction following his sending off, has since apologised for the tackle and to his Everton teammates and stressed that it was not his intention to hurt the striker.
"I very much regret what happened yesterday. It was never my intention to harm a rival nor my colleagues leaving the field. And regarding Divock Origi, I fervently hope it's nothing serious and know that was never my intention to hurt. I ask my apologies for what happened," Funes Mori wrote on his official Twitter account.