Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp witnessed his side pull off a statement victory against Manchester City on Sunday, but it’s a result which has come at a cost.
Whilst the German got his tactics right on the day, it was a game which saw Diogo Jota succumb to an injury which has since been revealed to rule him out of the forthcoming World Cup.
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After going down in stoppage time, in a move that originally looked like cramp due to the timing of the blow, Jota was eventually stretchered off the pitch and was replaced by Kostas Tsimikas, who saw out the final few minutes.
As soon as the incident occurred, Klopp looked visibly concerned, and today he shared a devastating blow for thew 25-year-old.
As per Sky Sports, the Liverpool manager stated: “It’s really not good news about Diogo. Yes, he will miss the World Cup. (It’s a) pretty serious injury in the calf muscle and now the recovery process starts. That’s it pretty much.”
Speaking about when Jota might be available to return to action, Klopp was non-committal in his response: “Now we can say that because he will not be in for a long time; we talk about months.
“So, we will see. I don’t want to put now a number on it because I always hope in the middle of the rehab there is a very positive development and we can cut days off the rehab phase, but it will be long.”
A huge blow
Klopp’s initial admission immediately after Sunday’s win was a concerning one, and the worst fears for Jota and Liverpool have now been realised.
No Liverpool winger has averaged more than Jota’s 0.46 goal-creating actions per game this term, while his solid return of 48 goal contributions in 93 Reds appearances shows that he can consistently make a difference in the final third.
It’s a crucial blow for Liverpool, who are already in an injury crisis which has also ruled out their only other natural left winger in Luis Diaz, which will duly force Klopp to consider putting someone like Harvey Elliott or Darwin Nunez in that role for the foreseeable future.