Diogo Jota has a fitness issue, according to reports. Unsurprisingly, some Liverpool fans haven’t taken it all that well.
SAPO Desporto reports that Diogo Jota has a fitness issue. It means he’s yet to train with Portugal in the international break and may miss a game or two.
Now, it’s obviously too early to take much from this – we won’t go over the top with the negativity. But this is only the latest fitness problem at Liverpool.
Harvey Elliott suffered a freak injury that keep him out long-term, of course. He’s not the only player out, though. Naby Keita missed games after kicking the grass, Thiago is currently out, and Roberto Firmino missed weeks after pulling a muscle in his only start this season.
Then there’s Curtis Jones. He apparently has a tight muscle problem that kept him out of the England Under 21s game on Thursday evening.
It sounds as though we can add Jota to this growing list. While we’re hardly at the levels of last season, Liverpool can’t see to catch a break here.
Unsurprisingly, then, some fans didn’t take the news all that well.
Fans on Jota issue
Don't know whether to laugh or cry— • (@GerrardTime) October 8, 2021
Something needs to be looked at with training because the amount of injuries we get is just laughable— Aled (@AledHughes84) October 8, 2021
This is getting depressing 💀— ً (@tsimiks) October 8, 2021
Unbelievable— Roy Hanson (@Royston679) October 8, 2021
Oh lord 😑— Black Coffee (@SSBlackCoffee) October 8, 2021
Twitter meltdown incoming…— kathc (@kathyc1967) October 8, 2021
Honestly, Jota’s injury shouldn’t be the most surprising thing in the world. He’s played a lot of high-intensity football over the last few weeks, along with the rest of Liverpool’s first team.
Jota started against Brentford, Porto and Manchester City within eight days. That’s going to have an effect on his fitness. We hoped that Jones may be the only one who really felt the strain but it appears he’s not alone in that.
Fingers crossed, then, that the problems stop here. Liverpool took a real risk in asking largely the same XI to play three games in eight days. Hopefully, they don’t pay a large price for that.