Liverpool have potentially been handed a gutting injury blow ahead of their Premier League meeting with Newcastle tomorrow after Diogo Jota reportedly missed training.
According to the Liverpool Echo, the Portuguese forward, who was signed from Wolverhampton Wanderers last summer, was absent from Thursday’s session as the Reds continued their preparations ahead of hosting the Magpies on Saturday.
Whilst his absence has not yet been explained, any potential injury could be a huge worry to Klopp and his squad. Despite a severely underwhelming campaign for the club, Jota has certainly been one of the Reds’ few bright sparks throughout the season.
He started life at Anfield in lightning form, scoring five goals in his first nine Premier League games for the club. Having now netted 12 times in just 26 appearances in all competitions this season, only Mo Salah and Sadio Mane can boast more goals for Liverpool than the 24-year-old.
Some of Jota’s goals have been pivotal, too, including strikes to seal one-goal victories against West Ham United, Sheffield United and his former club Wolves. For context, without those extra six points provided by those goals, Liverpool would be sitting on 47 points, finding themselves in eighth position and with their potential hopes for a top-four finish in tatters.
If indeed Jota’s absence from training is explained by an injury, it would be another blow for the Portuguese in a season which has been hampered by problems. He was previously ruled out for 15 Premier League matches with a knee injury, leaving him restricted to the sidelines between early December and early March.
Having previously hailed as a “pressing monster” by the Reds’ assistant manager Pep Lijnders, Liverpool will certainly be set to feel the absence of their £36m-rated forward if he is indeed ruled out with another fitness problem.