Diogo Jota, Roberto Firmino and Liverpool injury news ahead of Leeds United vs Chelsea clash
Liverpool face a huge and difficult week as they prepare to take on Leeds United in the Premier League at Anfield on Wednesday before taking on Chelsea in a Carabao Cup showdown at Wembley next Sunday.
The Reds had the chance to halve the gap to league leaders Manchester City to just three points with a win over struggling Leeds after the results were in the cards at the weekend.
Liverpool will then do battle with Chelsea for the Carabao Cup days later as they seek to lift the trophy for the first time since 2012.
Jurgen Klopp briefly enjoyed the luxury of having his entire squad fit and available before being hit with successive injuries last week.
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Here’s a roundup of Liverpool’s latest fitness worries and what the Reds boss had to say ahead of Leeds’ big game and cup final.
The Portuguese striker was substituted at half-time against Inter Milan on Wednesday after suffering an ankle injury.
Jota has been an important part of the Liverpool squad which has successfully featured in four competitions this season, with the 25-year-old having scored 17 goals so far.
“With Diogo it looks a bit better than we initially thought,” admitted Klopp after the win over Norwich City on Saturday,
Although there is still some doubt, the Liverpool manager was at least more optimistic about the injury than he was in his pre-match press conference on Friday.
When first discussing the injury, Klopp said: “(He) is unavailable this week and still needs further assessment.
“It’s something with the ligaments around the ankle, but not the ankle. Everyone saw it in the boot the other day, but we have to wait.
“For the weekend, of course not. We need further assessment. It’s something with the ligaments around the ankle. Anything is possible. It could go fast or the other way around. We have to wait but no chance for this weekend.”
The Brazilian replaced Jota as a half-time substitute against Inter and scored the all-important San Siro opener.
On course to secure a 2-0 victory, Firmin played a crucial role in helping put Liverpool in a strong position to qualify for the Champions League quarter-finals.
However, the 30-year-old was out against Norwich days later after suffering a muscle injury after the Milan game and the timing of his return remains unclear.
“With Bobby, we didn’t even know he had something until he felt it after the game,” Klopp said on Saturday.
“We all thought it was a small thing, but it’s a muscle injury and we have to see how long it will take.
“I don’t know at the moment, but certainly not for the next game, so we have to see.”