Liverpool have been handed a huge boost with the news that Diogo Jota may be fit to play again this season.
However, Jurgen Klopp has offered some hope that the Portuguese star’s injury may not be as serious as was first feared. He may be fit to play in next weekend’s season finale against Crystal Palace.
Speaking in his pre-match press conference, the manager said: “Diogo, the swelling went down and it looked better than the first scan.
“So it’s a tiny chance for the weekend. But good news for Portugal and Diogo for the Euros.
“We will see if it’s good enough for us.”
Klopp also confirmed that both Alex Oxlade-Chamblerlain and James Milner are set to return against Burnley on Wednesday night.
Jota availability a massive boost in top-four race
This news will undoubtedly come as a huge lift to Klopp and his staff.
Liverpool face two massive games this week against Burnley and Crystal Palace. They simply must win them both if they want to guarantee Champions League football at Anfield next season.
While Jota will definitely not play in Wednesday’s game against Burnley, it would be excellent for the team if he was available against Palace.
Depending on how other results go, Liverpool’s hopes may come down to goal difference. It is possible that they will need to outscore Leicester City on the final day of the season.
Having Jota in the side would give them a great chance of doing so. The 24-year-old has scored 13 goals in 27 games in the league and Champions League this season.
Like Burnley and West Brom, Crystal Palace will be sitting deep,. Liverpool will probably find it difficult to beak them down.
If Jota is available, Klopp would be able to play a 4-2-3-1 or 4-2-4 formation which would help play through the low block by getting more bodies forward.
First of all, though, the Reds will have to get past Burnley with the players that are fit at the moment. If they do not do that, it is all the one whether Jota plays at the weekend or not.