Belgian striker Divock Origi and Ivory Coast defender Kolo Toure sustained knocks in Liverpool’s last match against Bournemouth, but manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed they are both fit and available for selection.


The Reds face local rivals Everton in the Merseyside derby on Wednesday, buoyed by the positives news on two injury concerns ahead of the fixture. Striker Divock Origi was left out of training on Monday, but Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp confirmed that the Belgian is fit to play. Kolo Toure’s injury has also been confirmed as being just a case of cramps, but veteran defender Martin Skrtel is still out with a groin injury.

“In the game against Bournemouth, I think – and what I have heard so far is – it was cramp with Kolo,” said Klopp, according to the official club website.

“Divock was only a little bit [of a problem] with the back – maybe from sitting on the bench! It was not a real issue. He felt it a little bit in the game and so we left him out of training yesterday but that was only not to take a risk. So that is OK.

“Before the [Bournemouth] game, Martin Skrtel had a little groin problem but with all the other things [players], there’s nothing new.”

Sturridge likely to start as lone striker

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Origi will most likely start on the bench though, as Klopp would probably prefer Daniel Sturridge to play as lone striker with the attacking trio of Adam Lallana, Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino backing him up. The long term injuries to captain Jordan Henderson and German midfielder Emre Can means that Klopp will most likely field Joe Allen and James Milner in central midfield.

Liverpool fans will hope that the center-back partnership of Mamadou Sakho and Dejan Lovren continues to flourish, as they are flanked by the regular full-backs Alberto Moreno and Nathaniel Clyne, with Belgian keeper Simon Mignolet in goal.

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