Jurgen Klopp updates on the fitness of Divock Origi, comments on return of Rafa Benitez to Anfield

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp addressed the media ahead of his side's clash with Newcastle United at Anfield in the Premier League tomorrow afternoon.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said the injury sustained by Divock Origi in the Merseyside derby win over Everton on Wednesday night is serious, and has said his season is over - unless the side take a risk with the 21-year-old.

Origi was on the wrong-end of a challenge from Ramiro Funes Mori which saw him leave the field on a stretcher, and with ankle ligament damage.

Klopp told reporters at his press conference, as per the Liverpool Echo blog: "I did my ACL and played after four months. No-one could believe it. We should not say Origi's season is over.

“I am long enough in this business to know we’re all different we are all individuals. We have to work with him and see.”

One striker who could be in action soon is Christian Benteke, who Klopp confirmed has returned to training but not full training just yet - after having a spell on the sidelines with a knee ligament injury.

"The good news is that Christian feels good. He wants to train. We will give him a few more days. No team training yet."

Daniel Sturridge is likely to be the man who will lead the line the absence of Origi but the Reds' boss will welcome having another striking option available in the near future. 

Some have said that Klopp's team selection for this weekend's game against Newcastle United could be influenced by the Europa League semi-final first leg against Villarreal in Spain on Thursday, but Klopp has said having five days between games means it doesn't come into their minds, but he will pick a side that needs to be 'fit' for the challenge of facing a Newcastle side battling to avoid relegation. 

“You need to be fit in this game. There’s no doubt about it. You have seen this in the Man City game. Newcastle was really impressive, hot and greedy. They fight to stay in the league - and we have to fight back.”

Newcastle are managed by Rafa Benitez - the former Liverpool boss who masterminded the club's Champions League triumph 11 years ago, and is still highly regarded on Merseyside. Klopp seemed to encourage the fans to celebrate the return of the Spaniard to Anfield.

“He’s a very successful manager, nice person! Be louder than you have ever been - that’s absolutely okay. That’s how I would say hello to a good old friend.

"If someone wants to celebrate Rafa's achievements here tomorrow that's absolutely okay. I'm fine with this. Do how you feel."

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