Prior to Liverpool’s Europa League match against LASK on Thursday night, Jurgen Klopp has provided an update on the status of Diogo Jota and Alisson Becker’s injuries.
The goalie was clearly uncomfortable near the end of last weekend’s game against Manchester City, and the attacker left the game hurt.
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The Reds manager announced to the media on Wednesday at midday that the two players would not be playing in the Austrian team’s visit to Anfield.
Regarding Alisson’s hamstring issue, Klopp stated [via Liverpool Echo]: “We’ll have to see since Ali is a little less. He is unlikely to play the following week and neither tomorrow nor Sunday. Then, he ought to be alright.
But the Liverpool manager gave a less positive report on Jota, saying, “Diogo will take a little bit longer.” It’s a little more severe, but we’re not really sure. We must observe.
The Alisson news isn’t as bad as initially thought, and Liverpool’s top player might be ready for Manchester United’s visit to Anfield on December 17.
He will undoubtedly miss the game tomorrow night and the Premier League quadruple header against Crystal Palace, Sheffield United, and Fulham the following week.
Even if he’s healthy by the time we play Union Saint-Gilloise in two weeks, he won’t participate in what should be a meaningless Europa League group match because we’ve already advanced through the competition.
Sadly, it appears that Jota won’t be available until after the New Year. Over the course of the following month or so, Liverpool’s other four senior forwards will probably see a lot of rotation.
With nine games left before Boxing Day, squad management will be crucial in the upcoming months.