Liverpool confirm new injury on eve of Merseyside derby as star's comeback cut short

Diogo Jota of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Fulham FC and Liverpool FC at Craven Cottage on April 21, 2024 in London, England. 

Jurgen Klopp has revealed that Liverpool have suffered a major injury blow ahead of the Merseyside derby, with forward Diogo Jota set to miss the clash after picking up an injury.

Diogo Jota is set for another spell on the sidelines after picking up an injury in Liverpool's 3-1 win over Fulham on Sunday.

Jurgen Klopp handed Jota his first start in over two months against Fulham following the forward's recovery from a knee injury. However, he was replaced by Darwin Nunez shortly after scoring Liverpool's third and Klopp has revealed the 27-year-old has suffered another injury.

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Speaking ahead of the Merseyside derby, Klopp said Jota is now set for a two-week absence as a result. "Diogo scored the goal, felt a little bit and now we found out it's a little bit more," Klopp told reporters.

"So he will be out for two weeks. Besides that, no [other new injury concerns]. I cannot really say a lot about it, to be honest. Before which game where he didn't start, he got a knock – normal challenge, then felt a little bit at the hip.

"That was then fine because we didn't start him, brought him on, that was alright. Then he started the last game, was obviously OK and then with the finish… it's a small one but we are late in the season, so obviously now it's not a great moment for each injury pretty much.

"It's not a big one. When I say two weeks, actually really it's pretty much nothing but enough to not be available." Klopp rang the changes against Fulham due to the game taking place just three days after the second leg of their Europa League quarter-final clash against Atalanta.

Mohamed Salah, Ibrahima Konate, Alexis Mac Allister, Curtis Jones and Dominik Szoboszlai all dropped to the bench, and when asked about the benefits of rotating his squad Klopp replied: "In this week because the next one is around the corner immediately and then away at West Ham, we had to do it and we will see what we can do now for this game.

Diogo Jota

"Nothing definite yet. It's pretty early after the game. This afternoon is the only real session we have and then we will make decisions. We will line players up and hopefully we will have again a lot of fresh legs on the pitch.

" Everton played on Sunday as well, so the same rhythm. Now not all the time the same rhythm, I think their rhythm was quite frequently interrupted where they had two or three weeks off, which is not great as well.

"I'm sure Sean Dyche didn't like that as well because that’s strange in the middle of the season, all of a sudden no game for three weeks. This is now an intense week for both teams. We will see."

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