Origi expected to be amongst substitutes for Europa League final after speedy recovery from ankle injury

The Belgian is expected to be named amongst the substitutes against Sevilla.

Origi expected to be amongst substitutes for Europa League final after speedy recovery from ankle injury
Guess who's back, back again? Origi celebrates his goal away to Dortmund (photo: Shutterstock)

Liverpool striker Divock Origi is expected to be named amongst the substitutes for Wednesday's Europa League final against Sevilla, after the Belgian was declared fit for the occasion following an ankle injury.

Origi back ahead of schedule

Origi, 21-years-old, was thought to be out for the rest of the season after a red-card challenge from Ramiro Funes Mori damaged his ankle ligaments during Liverpool's 4-0 Merseyside Derby win over bitter rivals Everton.

It was a huge shame for the Reds, and Origi personally, as he'd been in fine form beforehand, scoring five goals in his last six games. That run included strikes against Borussia Dortmund in each leg of the quarter final tie, before netting against the Toffees in that comfortable victory.

Origi scored against Everton shortly before getting injured (photo: Getty Images)
Origi scored against Everton shortly before getting injured (photo: Getty Images)

However, huge credit must be paid to Liverpool's medical staff, as they appear to have got the Belgian in good enough shape to earn a place in Jürgen Klopp's eighteen man squad for the final. He could theoretically start, however it's expected that Daniel Sturridge will line up as the lone striker.

Another boost for Klopp

The news is the latest in a series of recent injury boosts for Klopp, who has welcomed the returns of several key players ahead of schedule. Emre Can returned from another injury that was thought to be season ending, in time to play against Villarreal in the semi final second leg, whilst Jordan Henderson and Danny Ings both returned ahead of schedule against West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.

Bar for any late injuries, Liverpool's team for the final is heavily anticipated to be exactly the same to that which started in the 1-1 draw with Chelsea last week. Klopp certainly now has more options than expected at his disposal now though, with Origi and Henderson both likely to appear off the bench.

Predicted Liverpool XI - Sevilla: Mignolet, Clyne, Toure, Lovren, Moreno, Milner, Can, Firmino, Coutinho, Lallana, Sturridge.

Predicted substitutes: Ward, Skrtel, Smith, Allen, Henderson, Origi, Benteke.