By Danny Mills

19th Sep, 2021 | 8:45pm

Jota tipped for new Liverpool role after devastating blow - pundit

Danny Mills has insisted Liverpool have enough strength in depth to cope with Harvey Elliott’s devastating injury.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Leeds United and England defender suggested Diogo Jota could drop into midfield to help Liverpool manage without the teenager.

The Reds confirmed on 14th September that Elliott had undergone surgery on his ankle but could return to action before the end of the season.

He was on the wrong end of a challenge by Pascal Struijk of Leeds United last weekend.

Club captain Jordan Henderson replaced him in the starting XI for the 3-0 win over Crystal Palace.

“They should have enough to cope when you look at their midfield,” Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

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“Maybe nobody expected Harvey Elliott to be as regular as he was after he burst onto the scene. He’s done incredibly well and it’s a sad state of affairs for him.

“They’ll definitely bounce back from that. In that area, they do have enough strength in depth.

“If it was a Sadio Mane or Mo Salah or Virgil van Dijk then you think ‘Ooh, that would really effect them’.

“They’ve got James Milner, they’ve got Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, they’ve got Thiago, they’ve got Diogo Jota who can drop in there. Jordan Henderson and Fabinho are already in there obviously. They’ve got enough players in there.”

Jota moved to Anfield from Wolves last September for a fee that could rise to £45million.

He has scored 15 times in 36 games across all competitions for the Merseyside giants, including two in the first two Premier League games of this season.

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