Liverpool striker Divock Origi has been ruled out for the remainder of the season after a scan confirmed that he had suffered ligament damage during Wednesday's Merseyside derby.
This has been reported by the Liverpool Echo, who claim that the talented striker is now in a race to get fit for this summer's European Championships.
The report claims that Origi will undergo a second scan on Friday, but it appears that he won't play for the Reds again this term.
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It started brilliantly for the youngster against Everton as he fired home the opening goal of the game, but things turned sour for him in the second half.
The striker had to be removed from the field of play at Anfield on Thursday night after Everton defender Ramiro Funes Mori delivered a shocking tackle.
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The centre-back was quickly dismissed but that's no comfort for Origi, who now looks set to spend a lengthy period on the sidelines.
The news of his setback will most definitely come as a major blow to Liverpool, who still have everything to play for as the season approaches its end.
Indeed, Jurgen Klopp's side will still be desperate to climb the Premier League table, while their focus will very much be on their upcoming Europa League semi-final clash against Villarreal.
Social media reaction
But, unfortunately, they will have to produce the goods without Origi. Following the news, Liverpool fans reacted on social media and it's safe to say that they felt sorry for the striker.
Here are the best tweets:
Funes Mori apology
Funes Mori let himself down on Wednesday night, of course, but he has since apologised for the incident.
"I very much regret what happened," Funes Mori said, as per the BBC. "It was never my intention to harm a rival and I fervently hope it's nothing serious."
Klopp was upset
Following the game, Klopp admitted that the injury dampened what was a fine display from his Liverpool side.
As per Sky Sports, the German coach stated: "We did well and usually after 4-0 I don't know how to keep my smile out of my face but today it is pretty easy. I would like to say yes but [the injury] to Divock Origi cost me a little bit of joy.
"Of course, the first half was a derby. Our side's passing was okay but we could have played better. Then we scored the two goals, wonderful goals, and second half the game changed completely with the red card and the injury to Divock, and they had no chance anymore.
"We had a lot of opportunities to score goals, their goalkeeper did a good job and it's 4-0. Usually it's really great, I'd like to say I'm 100 per cent happy but I cannot ignore the situation [with Origi]."
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