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Liverpool dealt Konate setback after Jota injury

Liverpool have witnessed numerous injury problems to key players this season which has consequently contributed to their inconsistent form in the Premier League.

Unfortunately, the club have been hit with more setbacks ahead of the team’s clash with West Ham United tonight.

What’s the latest?

The Athletic’s Liverpool reporter James Pearce has confirmed that Diogo Jota will be sidelined for over a month and will, as a result, miss out on representing his country at the Qatar World Cup in November.

Pearce tweeted: “Worst fears confirmed as Diogo Jota ruled out of the World Cup with serious calf injury.”

Unfortunately, Ibrahima Konate is still not fit either, with Klopp revealing further bad news during his press conference on Tuesday:

“Ibou not in team training yet but we knew it before it will not be that long – he will be, in the end, out maybe for 10 days until he can start training again.”

A big blow

There is no doubt that this double setback will be awful news for Klopp and indeed the players involved, especially Jota who has only just returned to action after suffering from hamstring issues. Missing the opportunity to represent Portugal in the World Cup next month will only add to his disappointment.

The talented forward has gone from strength to strength since joining the club back in 2020 from Wolverhampton Wanderers, scoring 34 goals and delivering 14 assists over 93 appearances, with an impressive goal contribution every 120 minutes for the Reds.

This season, despite the Portuguese star’s injury struggles, it was like he had never been away when he returned to action delivering five assists in just eight appearances across the Champions League and Premier League, with his most notable performance coming in the 7-1 victory over Rangers last week.

The 25-year-old came on for Roberto Firmino and within just 17 minutes on the pitch and 13 touches, Jota delivered three assists, completed 100% of his passes, won 100% of his aerial duels and made four key passes.

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It was a devastating impact from a key player and with Luis Diaz also injured, he was set for an extended run in the team.

Konate’s continued time on the treatment table should also be of concern, particularly with fellow central defender Joel Matip out. Joe Gomez covered for the pair on Sunday as Liverpool kept a clean sheet against Manchester City but the Frenchman is a key component and would be starting week in, week out, with Matip sidelined too.

The former RB Leipzig man has been a colossus for Klopp when called upon, winning just 0.3 fewer aerial duels per game (3.1) than the mighty Virgil van Dijk last term. Furthermore, he made more tackles (1.5) per game than the Dutchman in 2021/22 and made the most interceptions per outing (1.5) of anyone in the side.

With that being said, it is without question that Jota’s attacking threat and indeed Konate’s solidity at the back will be a huge miss in midweek.

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