Injury expert delivers verdict on Jota absence at Liverpool after analysing new footage
Diogo Jota should be able to make his Liverpool comeback against Southampton on Saturday if he sits out tomorrow’s clash against Porto (24 November).
So says injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.
Jota was forced to withdraw late on in the 4-0 win over Arsenal last Saturday after a collision with Aaron Ramsdale.
As quoted by the Liverpool Echo on 21 November, Klopp revealed that the Portuguese had suffered a “proper knock to his knee”.
Liverpool have already qualified for the last-16 ahead of the game against Porto, who Liverpool also faced in the group stage last term.
Jota sustained a serious injury in that dead rubber in 2020-21, and Klopp was asked if he would field his high-risk stars again this time around.
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He was quoted by the Liverpool Echo as saying: “I think it’s unfair that you bring up this old story.”
Dinnery warned Klopp, who did not give any further update on Jota’s fitness, not to repeat last season’s mistake.
He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “This injury was caused by a knee-on-knee with Aaron Ramsdale.
“Ideally, it won’t be anything too serious, maybe just an impact injury. But with Firmino sidelined, Klopp should be careful.
“Liverpool have already qualified for the knockouts, so there is no need to take any risks.
“Based on the mechanism of injury it didn’t look like anything particularly severe.
“If he doesn’t play against Porto, he should be able to shake it off for the weekend.”
Jota has featured 15 times in 2021-22, including four times in the Champions League.
Those appearances have yielded six goals and two assists.