Liverpool star Diogo Jota facing 'two months' out injured as Jurgen Klopp crisis deepens



Posted Sunday, December 13, 2020 by Goal.com

Reports in Portugal claim Diogo Jota could be sidelined for up to eight weeks with a knee injury.

Diogo Jota is set to miss around two months with a knee injury, according to reports. The Portuguese international has enjoyed a breathtaking start to life at Anfield, following his £45million switch from Wolves in September, netting nine goals in all competitions.

However, Jurgen Klopp will now be without his forward for the festive period with his return expected in the new year.

Jota picked up the problem during the midweek Champions League draw at FC Midtjylland when he was kicked by the opposition on more than one occasion.

Many were surprised that Jota and Mohamed Salah started the dead rubber, given that Liverpool's place in the knockout stages as group winners was already confirmed.

The 24-year-old lasted 87 minutes before being replaced by fellow forward Sadio Mane.

He did not appear to be in pain when he left the field but Klopp confirmed yesterday that his player had picked up a knock.

Liverpool star Diogo Jota facing 'two months' out injured as Jurgen Klopp crisis deepens
Liverpool star Diogo Jota could be out for two months with a knee injury (Image: GETTY)

According to Portuguese outlet Record, the injury is worse than first feared and Jota could be set to miss two months of action.

The hefty lay-off would see Jota miss two games against Tottenham, as well as Premier League, encounters with Manchester United and Manchester City.

Liverpool also face Crystal Palace, West Brom, Newcastle, Southampton, Burnley, West Ham and Brighton within that timeframe.

The Reds have had their fair share of injury problems this season having already lost Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez to serious knee injuries.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has not played this season due to a knee problem but he is now back in full first-team training.

Salah was in line for a rest at Craven Cottage but the Premier League champions now need the Egyptian more than ever.

Jota has needed no time to settle into his new surroundings at Anfield and already has five goals to his name in the Premier League, as well as four in the Champions League.

Klopp recently revealed that he knew Jota would be the perfect addition to his Liverpool team, as soon as he saw him play for the first time.

Liverpool star Diogo Jota facing 'two months' out injured as Jurgen Klopp crisis deepens
Liverpool forward Diogo Jota was on the end of some strong challenges in midweek (Image: GETTY)

He told UEFA: "Diogo, I liked, honestly, from the first game I saw him playing for Wolves. That's how it is.

"He had no idea about that, obviously, but for me it was always clear that when he was kind of in reach, I would go for him because he's very, very interesting and had an exciting career so far: what he did, where he's come from, the moves he made, bam bam bam.

"I liked the discipline he showed, plus the creativity he showed, plus the desire he showed.

"And his skills are pretty good anyway, so I got a lot of good signs before we signed him that it could work out."



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