Divock Origi delivers positive Liverpool injury update ahead of Villarreal clash

Divock Origi is hoping to return for Liverpool before the end of the season

Divock Origi has delivered a positive injury update ahead of Liverpool’s clash against Villarreal on Thursday night.

The Belgium international suffered a serious ankle injury in the second half of Liverpool’s 4-0 victory over Everton at Anfield in the 226th Merseyside derby last month.

Origi has been in scintillating form for the 18-time English champions after scoring five goals in five games to help fire Jurgen Klopp’s side into the Europa League semi-finals.

The Liverpool manager all but ruled Origi out for the rest of the season following the injury blow ahead of the first leg of their Europa League semi-final against Villarreal.

However, Origi, who hoping to be part of Belgium’s squad for Euro 2016, is determined to make his return to first-team action as soon as possible.

“It’s progressing well. It’s been ten days now so I try and improve every day and make steps, we just try and [ensure that] I’m back as quick as possible.

“For example, yesterday and today I feel a big difference, with these injuries it can evolve everyday and we put in a lot of work.

“I come into [Melwood] very early and I leave in the evening, so we [work] a lot of hours, but I think that’s necessary because I want to come back as soon as possible.”

Asked if he could return before the end of the season, Origi added: “Of course, I believe in it.

“My goal is to come back as soon as possible and I just want to go back on the pitch. I think it’s possible but you never know.”

The Belgium striker moved to Liverpool in a £12m deal from Ligue 1 side Lille in 2014.

Liverpool lost 1-0 to Villarreal in the first leg of their Europa League last-four clash.

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