For the most part, a Liverpool manager's first Merseyside derby couldn't have gone any better. Jürgen Klopp's Reds coasted to a dominant 4-0 victory over their local rivals, and goals by Divock Origi, Mamadou Sakho, Daniel Sturridge, and Philippe Coutinho should have made it a great night. Unfortunately, the atmosphere was dampened when Ramiro Funes Mori committed a vicious tackle on Divock Origi that resulted in a straight red card to Funes Mori and Origi being taken off of the pitch on a stretcher.
"What can I say?" Klopp said after the game when asked about the Everton defender's horror tackle. "I have only just seen the pictures on television. It is a big shadow on the game to be honest. Usually if you tell me before the game that we will win 4-0, I would think I would feel different. Now we have to wait for final assessment. It is too early now.
"When I came in, everyone who had seen the pictures were worried it was broken, but it is not. I went to see Divock in the medical room. I saw him smiling. The ankle is twisted, and we have to wait to see what has happened to the ligaments. That's how it is."
That Origi didn't suffer broken ankle is good news, but it's uncertain how much time the young Belgian will spend on the sidelines after this latest injury setback. He's been in a fantastic run of form, having scored five goals in his last five games and bringing his tally up to ten goals scored in all competitions in his first Premier League season. At this stage of the year, there is also some concern about how a serious injury could impact Origi's chances of being called up for Belgium at the Euros.
Overall, though, it's at least better news than many initially feared, even if it's still a very unfortunate outcome for the player and his manager on an otherwise outstanding night.