Despite managing to pick up a comfortable 4-0 win against Arsenal in their latest Premier League game, Liverpool suffered another potential injury issue with one of their key players.
During the match against Mikel Arteta’s side, Liverpool attacker Diogo Jota had to receive treatment after a collision with Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale shortly before being replaced by Takumi Minamino.
Speaking after the game, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp revealed that Jota took “a proper knock against his knee.”
While there has been no confirmation on whether the injury is a serious one or not, Klopp and everyone else at the Merseyside club will undoubtedly be hoping that Jota will be able to make a quick recovery in time for Liverpool’s Champions League match against Porto to keep their winning streak going, especially with Roberto Firmino still out with a hamstring injury.
As well as Firmino, Liverpool have a number of other senior players out injured at the moment such as Naby Keita, James Milner, Curtis Jones, Joe Gomez, Harvey Elliott and Andy Robertson, which makes it rather gutting timing for the supporters for Jota to pick up this knock.
Including his latest goal for the Reds against Arsenal, Jota has racked up a total of six strikes and two assists in 15 appearances across all competitions, showing how much of a useful attacking option he is for Klopp and the team.
In addition to that, the 24-year-old, who is currently valued at £40.5m via Transfermarkt, has managed to rack up an average of 2.2 shots per game and 1.5 key passes per game, highlighting how much of a threat he is on the pitch and why he could be such a loss if he sits out.
Moving forward, if the worst-case scenario were to come to fruition and Jota had to spend a period of time on the sidelines with the rest of his currently injured teammates, this would undoubtedly be a huge setback for the team, the fans, and Klopp, who would have to rely on the likes of Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah to keep scoring on a regular basis just a matter of weeks before they head to AFCON.
With the duo scoring 18 goals between them in the Premier League this term, it’s safe to say that it would be a real disaster if either of them were to pick up an injury anytime soon.