Liverpool will host Norwich City at Anfield this afternoon, with Jurgen Klopp’s side going unbeaten in five Premier League games and taking a victory away from the San Siro in the Champions League on Wednesday night. However, it’s not all good news on the return to Merseyside as a major setback emerges.
The Liverpool boss took to his pre-match press conference yesterday to give an update on Diogo Jota’s injury that he sustained in the first half of the 2-0 win over Inter Milan midweek.
Klopp told the press;
“He will not be available but the extent is still not clear. It will need further assessment. It’s something around the ligaments. Everything is pretty much possible in the moment. Hopefully it will be really quick.”
The striker appeared to suffer a twisted ankle during the game, but further added to concerns when he was spotted using crutches whilst travelling home from Italy on Thursday.
There is no doubt that Klopp will be seething to suffer an injury to such an important and impactful player to his side, especially at this point of the season where latter stages of tournaments are coming up and the chances for Liverpool to close down Manchester City at the top of the table becomes a tighter challenge.
The Reds have three games over the next eight days, with Norwich today, Leeds United on Wednesday and the Carabao Cup Final on Sunday against Chelsea at Wembley, and the loss of Jota will come as a huge blow.
The Portuguese forward is enjoying the best season of his career so far at Liverpool with a goal involvement every 115 minutes, scoring 17 goals and assisting his team mates three times already – his 12 Premier League goals put him up as the second top goal-scorer in the league this season ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo and Raheem Sterling, only playing second fiddle to his team mate Mohamed Salah, who has scored 16 league goals so far.
Klopp will be hoping that he can rely on his other forwards to deliver in Jota’s absence, with Sadio Mane returned from AFCON and Luis Diaz joining the club in January, and so there should be enough quality in the side to deliver what is needed to stay in contention for a chance to catch Manchester City in the title race.
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