Origi targets return before season’s end

Liverpool striker Divock Origi hopes to return to action before the end of the campaign, although Thursday's Europa League semi-final second leg against Villarreal is too soon.

The 21-year-old Belgian was in blistering form before picking up an injury in the Reds' 4-0 Merseyside derby victory, having scored five goals in his previous six appearances.

"It's progressing well," he told the club's official website. "It's been 10 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 every day 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.

"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."

Liverpool, who sit 8th in the Premier League table, have three domestic fixtures remaining, including a home match against Chelsea.

Origi will also be hoping his teammates can overturn a 1-0 aggregate deficit against Villarreal to qualify for the Europa League final, which takes place on May 18 in Basel.

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