Liverpool star Diogo Jota ruled out for rest of top four chase in one fell swoop for Jurgen Klopp ahead of pivotal last three games after foot injury in victory at Manchester United
- Diogo Jota will miss the last weeks of the season after picking up a foot problem
- Liverpool forward Jota was injured in the victory over Manchester United
- Jurgen Klopp says the problem is “not serious,” but Jota will miss the top four race
- The Reds need three wins to likely secure Champions League qualification
Liverpool striker Diogo Jota has been ruled out for the rest of the season due to a foot injury, Jurgen Klopp confirms.
Jota picked up on the issue in Thursday’s pulsating 4-2 win over Manchester United and was therefore absent from the club’s crunch clash at West Brom.
In his pre-match press assignments, Klopp revealed that the problem is “ not too serious, ” although the winger will be serving the rest of his team’s top-four push.
Liverpool forward Diogo Jota has been ruled out for the rest of the season due to a foot injury
Klopp told Sky Sports: ‘No good thing without something bad – so we won at Manchester United, but Diogo got something with the bone.
Not too serious but serious enough to end the season. That is it.’
Former Wolves man Jota has played 18 Premier League games this season, scoring nine goals.
Jota scored with a nice flick against Manchester United, but picked up the issue at Old Trafford
He started the former champion’s last four games in the top flight and took off at Old Trafford in place of Sadio Mane.
The change did not appear to be related to injuries, but the news now indicates that Jota has left to take care of the setback.
Jota’s 13 goals in all competitions for the Reds have seen him enjoy his first campaign with Liverpool after leaving Molineux for £ 41 million.
However, the Portuguese international has also fallen victim to the injury crisis at the club, with Jota missing a total of 18 games in December due to a knee problem.
Jurgen Klopp confirmed the seriousness of Jota’s setback for the Liverpool and West Brom clash
Without Jota, who will be watching this campaign during his second absence, Liverpool will try to secure the first of three wins that are likely to see them in the top four.
The Reds have only a handful of games left to squeeze into Champions League places and nine points of that will serve them well.
Last week’s pivotal victory over arch-rival United brought Liverpool, currently in fifth place, back into the fray.
Jota has had a great season with 13 goals, but will miss the rest of the chase in the top four
West Brom will wait this afternoon, before matches against Burnley and Crystal Palace round out a roller coaster year.
Chelsea and Leicester, who are in fourth and third place respectively, will face each other on Tuesday, meaning the door is very much open for Liverpool.
Beating the already relegated West Brom at the Hawthorns puts Liverpool just one point behind Chelsea.