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Liverpool: Diogo Jota ready to face Brighton

Liverpool: Diogo Jota ready to face Brighton -Liverpool News

Liverpool forward Diogo Jota is in contention to face Brighton after a slight scare during the week, according to Goal reporter Neil Jones.

The lowdown

The Reds are due to play their first Premier League game since 3 September this afternoon when they welcome Roberto De Zerbi’s Brighton to Anfield.

Jota, who was called up to the Portugal squad for the recent internationals, missed training on Thursday ahead of the Seagulls’ visit, as did fellow attackers Luis Diaz and Darwin Nunez.

The 25-year-old only made his first start of the season against Ajax last time out, having missed the beginning of the campaign with a hamstring injury.

The latest

In this excerpt from a pre-match injury update on Twitter, Jones confirmed that all three attackers would be ready for Saturday’s game.

He tweeted: “Injury update from Klopp…Keita, Ox, Jones, Robertson out. Jota, Nunez, Diaz available.”

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The verdict

Jota’s absence was even more worrying for Reds fans when you consider what happened on international duty.

The 25-year-old asked to be taken off in Portugal’s clash against Spain, citing fatigue as the reason, and it looked at that point like he might be a doubt for today. Indeed, journalist Theo Squires wrote on Thursday that ‘his absence is a potential concern’ for Liverpool.

Jota is a big player for Klopp’s side, having scored 21 goals and provided eight assists in all competitions last season.

The £90,000-per-week forward has been called ‘exceptional‘ and ‘world-class‘ by Klopp, while former Premier League winner Ray Parlour has dubbed him ‘unbelievable‘, so it is very welcome to hear that the Portugal star could be in action this afternoon despite his recent fitness worries.

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