Liverpool Striker Picks Up A Knee Injury In Win Over Arsenal: Big Blow For Klopp?

Liverpool (Diogo Jota)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 20: Juergen Klopp embraces Diogo Jota of Liverpool as he is substituted during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield on November 20, 2021 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images) The 4th Official uses images provided by the following image agency: Getty Images (https://www.gettyimages.de/) Imago Images (https://www.imago-images.de/)

In a recent interview (via Liverpool Echo), Jurgen Klopp revealed that Liverpool striker Diogo Jota has picked up a knee injury in the 4-0 win over Arsenal on Saturday evening. The Reds head coach offered an update on the Portugal international’s injury and said,

“The situation is not easy and Diogo went off and he got a proper knock against his knee.

“They went knee to knee I think and we have to see how quickly that develops, in the right direction hopefully. Hopefully it’s nothing serious. It would be very important.”

Jota’s Good Run Of Form At Merseyside This Season

Jota got injured after a nasty collision with the Gunners goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale which was enough to force him off the pitch in the 75th minute. With Klopp already having a growing list of injury concerns, the 24-year-old’s latest setback will be a bitter pill to swallow for anyone associated with the Merseyside club.

The Porto-born talent has made a solid start to this campaign after netting six goals and grabbing two assists in 15 matches for Liverpool this season across all fronts. Jota has given a good account of himself by averaging 1.1 tackles, 2.2 shots, 1.5 key passes and 0.7 dribbles per game in the Premier League. He has even been accurate when interchanging possession with his teammates in the final third, as evidenced by his pass completion rate of 80.7% in top-flight football (stats via whoscored).

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 20: Diogo Jota of Liverpool goes down with an injury during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield on November 20, 2021 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Jota Picks Up A Knee Injury Vs Arsenal: Big Blow For Liverpool Boss Jurgen Klopp?

Jota is a quick and agile forward who can make some clever runs with the ball behind the opponent’s backline. He is like a fox inside the opposition penalty box because of his knack for getting into some dangerous positions in front of the opposition goal.

The 22-time Portugal international is usually a composed finisher in the final third and can also contribute by picking up a few important assists for his side. He has formed a lethal attacking partnership with Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah at Anfield this season. Hence, losing him to injury will be a massive blow for the Reds, especially considering the fact that Roberto Firmino is also sidelined due to injury.

Jurgen Klopp will now have to rely on the services of Takumi Minamino and Divock Origi to do a good job during Jota’s injury absence. The last thing Liverpool want is to lose the Portuguese striker for a significant period of time, so Klopp would now be wishing that the player makes a speedy recovery so that he can make himself available ahead of the busy winter period in English football.

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