Liverpool are sweating over the fitness of both Divock Origi and Daniel Sturridge ahead of this evening’s Merseyside Derby.
When Philippe Coutinho went down injured against Sunderland in November, Divock Origi came on to replace him and very few people believed he could even begin to come close to the kind of attacking contribution the Brazilian has made this season. With five goals in as many games, however, Origi has earned himself some much-deserved praise as he has matched the number of Premier League goals that Coutinho has scored this season and in fewer games.
Origi was substituted against Middlesbrough on Wednesday and it seemed as though Liverpool’s injury curse had struck again but Jurgen Klopp dispelled any fears that the injury was overly serious. That being said, however, Origi is a doubt for tonight’s game at Goodison Park.
The Belgian, if he’ll have his way, will be on the pitch and is saying the game will be a battle. He would know as well as anyone about the feisty nature of a Merseyside Derby after being stamped on by Ramiro Funes Mori last season and spent a few weeks on the sidelines with ankle ligament damage.
“It will be a war, so we go there in a very positive way,” said Origi.
“We want to win this game. It will not be easy, it is a derby so it will be special and important and we have to prepare for it well.
“It was an official message, but these things happen. I came back stronger. I keep on looking forward and I’m excited.
“How will I feel (seeing him)? I don’t know who is playing. But I’m very motivated.”
Origi could not be more correct about the derby being a fight and it may well be one that Daniel Sturridge misses out on. The Englishman’s injury struggles are well-documented and fans are beginning to expect very little from him as he is woefully unreliable – not that it’s his fault.
Sturridge trained over the weekend after missing four matches with a calf issue and Jurgen Klopp will make a late decision over whether or not to include him in the side to take on Everton at Goodison Park tonight.
Let us know in the comment section below if you would risk Daniel Sturridge tonight or not.