By Paul Robinson

23rd Nov, 2021 | 12:00pm

Liverpool could enter January transfer market after 'big' Jota update - pundit

Paul Robinson has claimed Diogo Jota’s injury scare “will be a big worry” for Liverpool.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Spurs and England number one said “it would be absolutely disastrous” if the 24-year-old is injured during the African Cup of Nations.

Jota was replaced by Takumi Minamino after 76 minutes of Liverpool’s 4-0 win over Arsenal following a collision with Aaron Ramsdale.

As quoted by the Liverpool Echo (21st November), Jurgen Klopp said Jota’s “situation is not easy” after he suffered “a proper knock” to his knee.

The Portugal international is a doubt for tomorrow’s Champions League clash against FC Porto.

When asked by Football Insider for his assessment of the latest, Robinson said: “It will be a big worry.

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“Liverpool can cope with missing Jota between now and when the AFCON starts but they cannot afford to lose him when [Sadio] Mane and [Mohamed] Salah go.

“There’s about 40-odd days before the tournament though. You would like to think Jota will be fine before then.

“But this will be a warning. If they lost Jota over the AFCON period it would be absolutely disastrous.

“When Liverpool are on song they can destroy any team. They are a really well oiled machine but the squad depth isn’t there.

“If Jota is out for a length of time, Klopp will have to enter the market in January.”

The Reds will be without Mane, Salah and Naby Keita for approximately a month in January.

The trio will be at the AFCON with Senegal, Egpyt and Guinea respectively.

In other news, a pundit has claimed Liverpool are working on signing a ‘serious upgrade’ on Origi after ‘big talk’.