EXCLUSIVE: 24-year-old to start v Arsenal despite posterior cruciate ligament concerns

A source close to Anfield Central reports that Diogo Jota will start against Arsenal despite concerns over him training on his own on Friday.

The forward carried Portugal’s FIFA World Cup qualification hopes on international duty, scoring 3 goals in 2 games. This brings his stats for the season up to 19 direct goal contributions.

The posterior cruciate ligament injury that Jota suffered in December kept him out for 19 games and it’s being managed closely by Liverpool.

Sadio Mane helps Liverpool’s Portuguese striker Diogo Jota, injured, during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Leicester City at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on November 22, 2020. PHOTO BY LAURENCE GRIFFITHS / POOL / AFP.

As evidenced by his hot goalscoring form, Jota is in a great run of form but with back to back games against Arsenal, Real Madrid, Aston Villa and then Real Madrid again, Jurgen Klopp and his physios are keeping a close eye on Jota.

The Liverpool Echo reported on Friday evening that they couldn’t tell from photos whether or not Jota had trained on his own after returning to the Kirkby training facility.

A source close to Anfield Central tells us that the 24-year-old’s session was split into two parts with the first being on his own and geared towards recovery and ensuring that his warmup focused on his previously injured knee and to ensure that he has as much knee mobility as possible.

The fee Liverpool paid Wolves to sign Jota could reportedly rise as high as £45million and the club is doing everything they can to ensure he stays fit.

KIRKBY, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 24: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Diogo Jota of Liverpool during a training session at AXA Training Centre on February 24, 2021 in Kirkby, England. PHOTO BY ANDREW POWELL/LIVERPOOL FC VIA GETTY IMAGES.

The second part of Jota’s session was back with the full team after it was determined that Jota hadn’t developed any swelling or discomfort while on international duty with his country.

We’re told that unless Jota doesn’t pass a late fitness test, he will start at the Emirates this evening ahead of Roberto Firmino, who was missing through injury for the entirety of the month of March.

Jurgen Klopp will be delighted to have so many of his key players fit after they succumbed to injury earlier this season.

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