Liverpool will be able to call upon Diogo Jota this weekend despite initial fears that he may have been injured.
The Portuguese international reportedly missed training on Thursday, sparking worries that he could have been ruled out for the Reds’ Premier League clash with Newcastle United on Saturday afternoon.
However, Jurgen Klopp allayed any fears over the 24-year-old’s fitness, stating that he was “fine” in his pre-match press conference on Friday afternoon.
Jota’s inclusion in the Liverpool squad will certainly be a huge boost for the Reds as they aim to close the gap on the top four in the final few games of the Premier League campaign.
Despite having suffered a three-month injury absence since his arrival from Molineux, the 24-year-old remains one of the most productive players at Anfield.
For comparison, only Mo Salah and Sadio Mane have found the net with more regularity than Jota – a remarkable feat considering that he has only started 16 matches all season out of a possible 45.
It will be a huge relief for Klopp to be able to call on Jota and his goalscoring talents for today’s clash against Newcastle. The German has never attempted to hide his admiration for the Portuguese, labelling his performances as “class”.
Whilst Jota might have triggered some concerns by missing training on Thursday, that he is ready and available for this weekend’s match will be a huge boost to Liverpool and their chances of overcoming Newcastle and maintaining their top four push.