Liverpool: Reds in ‘real jeopardy’ after Diaz and Jota injuries
Former Premier League goalkeeper and Sky Sports pundit Paul Robinson claims Liverpool are in ‘real jeopardy’ after the injuries to Luis Diaz and Diogo Jota.
The Lowdown: Months out
As per The Athletic, Diaz is expected to be sidelined for around three further months after having surgery on his knee, while Jota is not expected to return until February as he continues his recovery from a calf injury.
Liverpool’s domestic season resumes with a Carabao Cup tie away at Manchester City on Thursday night, while they also have many Premier League fixtures before a UEFA Champions League last-16 clash with holders Real Madrid.
The Latest: In ‘real jeopardy’
Speaking to Football Insider, Robinson has claimed that the Anfield outfit are in ‘real jeopardy’ after losing two of their key attackers at a ‘crucial’ time in the season:
“It’s a massive blow. I think that puts their season in real jeopardy.
“They have a lot of games coming up in January and then they have the next round of the Champions League against Real Madrid. It is going to be a critical time in their season where they need to turn things around.
“To be missing two of your best forwards is a nightmare. They have other options but they are two of the best they have got.
“Jurgen Klopp probably cannot believe his luck this season. They have had so many injuries. I’m not sure he’s ever had a full squad to pick from.”
The Verdict: Tough to take
Losing both Diaz and Jota will be tough to take for Jurgen Klopp and his side, as they look to claw their way back into a Champions League place in the top-flight table.
With three goals and two assists in eight appearances in the division so far this term, Diaz ranks as the Reds’ best-performing player (WhoScored), while Jota has shown a level of consistency that saw him score 15 goals in the Premier League last campaign, and nine in the 2020/21 season (WhoScored).
Nonetheless, they will now be relying on the fitness of the likes of Mo Salah and Darwin Nunez, until the pair return from their respective injury setbacks.