22 Apr 2016

Anfield Nightmare: 'Exceptional' Liverpool attacker out for the season with serious ligament tear

With recent injuries to Jordan Henderson, Emre Can, and Christian Benteke, Liverpool's injury list is expanding yet again, and after an initially promising prognosis, it looks like Reds attacker Divock Origi is set to miss the rest of the season.

On Wednesday, 'exceptional' Origi left Anfield on a stretcher after being hacked down by Everton defender Ramiro Funes Mori, and reports in Belgium today confirm the worst case scenario: Origi is probably out for the rest of the season.

According to Belgian TV/Radio network RTBF:

"According to our information, Divock Origi will be out injured for 4 to 6 weeks. The first ligament of his right ankle is torn, and there's also a small tear the second ligament".

The Premier League season ends in less than a month, so if this is true, then Origi's season is effectively over. Even if the Reds make it to the Europa League final, the game takes place on May 20th, which is four weeks away.

Injury-wise, it's been a bad couple of weeks for Liverpool, but the big positive is that the team is well equipped to survive without Henderson, Can, and Benteke.

The Reds comfortably beat Stoke, Bournemouth, and Everton without all three (smashing in 12 goals in the process), which shows that the squad is strong enough to cope with losing senior players.

The same applies with Origi: With Sturridge fit, and Firmino available, Klopp has strong options to replace the young striker, and both the aforementioned players are performing well, and, most importantly, *contributing* goals/assists on a regular basis.

That said, if Sturridge, Allen, or Milner pick up new injuries over the next week, things will start to look a little desperate, but until then, onwards and upwards.

Author: Jaimie K



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