Everton defender Ramiro Funes Mori has posted a public apology to Divock Origi on Instagram following his horror challenge on the Liverpool striker.
Funes Mori was shown a straight red card for the tackle, which resulted in Origi being stretchered off.
Everton were 2-0 down at the time and went on to lose the match 4-0, with Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho adding to earlier goals scored by Origi and Mamadou Sakho.
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“I very much regret what happened yesterday," Funes Mori posted on Instagram. "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.”
Video: The challenge
Liverpool waiting to discover extent of Origi's injury
Liverpool are still waiting to discover the extent of the injury sustained by Origi, although Jurgen Klopp revealed after the match - per Sky Sports - the initial diagnosis was a “twisted ligament” rather than a broken ankle.
"I'd like to say I'm 100 per cent happy but I cannot ignore the situation [with Origi],” Klopp commented.
"I can't say too much, I didn't see the pictures until now but everyone I met said, 'Oh, it was disgusting or awful', or however you want to say it. But it's not broken, it's a twisted ankle ligament, we have to wait now.
"I saw him on crutches here walking around but he had a little smile on his face so we have to see."
Jamie Carragher blasts Funes Mori
Speaking in his role as a pundit on Sky Sports, former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher blasted Funes Mori for the tackle and questioned why he was ‘kissing’ the Everton badge as he walked off the pitch.
"He has let himself down with the challenge,” Carragher said. "It happens in football. I've made bad challenges and other players have made bad challenges, but going off the pitch he was kissing his badge to the Everton fans.
"I was made up he went off in some ways because it helped Liverpool get more goals, but why was he kissing the badge?
"Number one, he has only been here for two minutes and number two, why is he playing to the crowd because he has injured a Liverpool player? Are they going to be happy with that?
"They were getting battered in the game and he's now going to miss the biggest game of the season when they've got Jagielka out.
"It's embarrassing. What is he doing? Everton fans won't fall for that nonsense."
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