Dean Windass has exclusively told Football FanCast that Diogo Jota’s injury is a huge loss for Liverpool, but believes the timing of the setback is manageable.
The Portuguese winger sustained a foot problem during the Reds’ 4-2 victory at Old Trafford last Thursday and was initially ruled out for the rest of the season.
Jota missed the trip to West Brom on Sunday and appeared likely to remain sidelined for the final two matches against Burnley and Crystal Palace.
However, Jurgen Klopp provided an encouraging update ahead of the trip to Turf Moor by revealing that Jota’s injury isn’t as bad as first feared, and while he won’t face Burnley, he could return for the visit of Palace in their season finale this Sunday.
The Reds’ boss said there’s a “tiny chance” for the weekend.
Liverpool know that two more victories should be enough to see them qualify for the Champions League, providing fourth-placed Leicester don’t thrash Spurs and finish above Klopp’s men on goal difference.
“He’s injured now and that could be his season over – Mane will be happy,” Windass told Football FanCast.
“Jota will be a big miss, but it’s not bad timing. He’s done well when he’s come on, and he’s got injured the last two games and will be trying to get fit for next year and see what happens.”