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Liverpool's Origi returns to training ahead of schedule

  • Liverpool's Origi returns to training ahead of schedule

Divock Origi took a step forward in his road to recovery from an ankle injury after returning to training ahead of schedule, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp confirmed.

The Belgium international has been out of action since April when he was on the wrong end of a reckless tackle from Everton defender Ramiro Funes Mori.

While he's not a participant in full training, Klopp feels Origi's return to the pitch before the conclusion of the season is an accomplishment in itself. But he and the medical staff will continue to take a cautious approach.

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"He is already training, not with the team, but like (Jordan Henderson). He's on the pitch, he's running, he's passing and all this," Klopp told reporters.

"He's (back) quicker than we thought, like it was with Emre (Can), a really good job from all the therapists and the coaches. But we cannot force it, we take what we get."

Klopp also stopped short of ruling the 21-year-old out of the Europa League final later this month in Basel, Switzerland, where the Reds will take on Sevilla.

"In this moment he is on a good way, a better way than maybe expected the day after the injury, but if the time is enough until next Wednesday, I don't know."

Before the injury, Origi was proving to be a capable striker in Liverpool's first team with five goals in five matches.

Liverpool will look to win its first European cup since 2005 when it clashes with the Spanish side May 18.

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