Liverpool defeated Everton 4-0 in a one-sided version of the Merseyside derby, but one of the major talking points after the rivalry bout was Ramiro Funes Mori's awful tackle on Divock Origi.
The center back stomped Origi's right ankle–much in the way the LA Galaxy's Nigel de Jong recently did to Portland's Darlington Nagbe in MLS–and forced the Belgian forward out of the match on a stretcher. Funes Mori was sent off for the challenge, leaving an already thin Everton defense more short-handed for the remainder of the match. Origi had scored the opener for Liverpool.
“I haven’t seen [the tackle] until now. I didn’t see the television pictures. It’s a big shadow on the game, to be honest," Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said in a team statement. “Usually if you tell me before the game we will win 4-0, I would feel different. But now we can talk about the game and this situation–we have to wait for a final assessment. It’s absolutely too early. When I came in, everybody who saw the pictures thought maybe it’s broken. It’s not. I went to Divock in the medical room and I saw him smiling. The ankle is twisted so we have to wait to see what happens to the ligaments. That’s how it is. I can’t say more.”
The tackle also irked Liverpool owner John Henry, who tweeted the following after the game:
Liverpool is within six points of fourth-place Arsenal with each club having five games remaining this season.