“Calls into question massively”: Sky Sports expert explains huge concern for Jurgen Klopp ahead of Premier League opener

According to Sky Sports expert, Ben Dinnery, Diogo Jota is a major injury concern ahead of the start of the new Premier League season.

The 2022/23 campaign is set to get underway with a trip to face Fulham on the 7th of August.

But Liverpool already look likely to start the season with a couple of injury concerns with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on the sidelines.

Jota is of particular concern with Dinnery stating his injury “calls into question massively” his ability to start the first game of the new term.

Speaking to Football Insider, Dinnery claimed: “This is a real concern. He picked up the injury playing for Portugal and he has picked up a recurrence in training.

“This calls into question massively his availability heading into game week one. At this moment in time, the chances are that he won’t be involved.

“You can’t afford too many slip-ups in this Premier League, especially given the fact that you’d expect City to start like a steam train.

“Liverpool, if they want to compete, are going to need to hit the ground running as well. Jota would normally be heavily involved in that.

“But unless we see him on the training pitch soon, it’s difficult to see him being involved in the early weeks of the season.”

Jota was fantastic last season for Liverpool and with Sadio Mane now a Bayern Munich player, his attacking returns will be even more important.

Darwin Nunez may have just joined the club but he will need time to get up to speed.

Playing up front for Jurgen Klopp is a demanding prospect and he will have to work harder than he has ever done in career.

The excitement, however, comes in when you consider Liverpool have hardly ever played with an out-and-out no.9 under Klopp.

His arrival should see Liverpool’s approach change slightly and it already has. In pre-season friendlies against Manchester United and Crystal Palace, we’ve seen the Reds play extremely direct to the Uruguayan.

Once the through balls click and Nunez latches onto passes from Trent Alexander-Arnold, Thiago Alcantara and Naby Keita, the goals will start flowing.

Michael Mongie
Football Central Media Group founder, owner and editor.

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