Liverpool forward Divock Origi won’t play for Jürgen Klopp’s side again this season and could miss the European Championships this summer.
The Belgian had been in superb form for the Reds but a horror tackle from Everton centre-half Ramiro Funes Mori saw him stretchered off after under an hour on Wednesday evening.
Funes Mori was sent off for the rash challenge but that will be little consolation for Origi, Liverpool, or Belgium.
Early scans have confirmed the 21-year-old has suffered ankle ligament damage and won’t play again for Liverpool this season. It’s a huge blow: Origi had scored five goals in his last five games, including two against Borussia Dortmund in Liverpool’s Europa League quarter-final. He’ll now miss the semi-final and their remaining Premier League games.
Liverpool are still hoping to qualify for Europe, either through the Europa League or by chasing down West Ham United and Manchester United in the Premier League, but their hopes have been damaged by this news.
With another scan set to take place on Friday, Origi is already out for six weeks and will be sweating over his chances of playing for Belgium at Euro 2016 this summer. Romelu Lukaku is likely to start for the Red Devils but Origi will be hoping to at least make the squad.
As one of the favourites for the tournament, Belgium could do without more bad news before the season ends.by