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Liverpool’s Diogo Jota to miss Community Shield clash with Manchester City

The Portuguese forward has been ruled out of the first official game of the 2022/3 season. Klopp explained that Jota sustained a muscle injury at the end of last season.

BANGKOK, THAILAND - JULY 11: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool talking with Diogo Jota of Liverpool during an open training session at Rajamangala National Stadium on July 11, 2022 in Bangkok, Thailand. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)
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Liverpool forward Diogo Jota will miss their Community Shield clash with Premier League champions Manchester City on 30 July after failing to recover from a muscle injury, manager Jürgen Klopp confirmed on Friday.

Jota sustained a hamstring injury while on duty with Portugal last month and sat out Liverpool’s 4-0 pre-season defeat to Manchester United in Thailand on Tuesday as a precaution, before aggravating the issue in midweek.

Hopeful on Alisson

When asked whether Jota and goalkeeper Alisson Becker, who is also nursing an injury, would return in time for the FA Cup holders when they face City, Klopp told reporters, “Ali, I think, has the chance for City and Diogo not.”

Klopp, whose team beat fellow Premier League side Crystal Palace 2-0 on Friday in Singapore, added Alisson’s abdominal injury was not serious. “But, again, we prepare a full season,” he said. “So he can train but not like before, so he should not play in the moment. Not normal goalkeeper training but he has a pre-season, so he doesn’t lose time. But these kind of things happen. The boys have to travel a lot and train and you never know exactly. It’s only little things, nothing serious but we have to be careful because the rest of the season is much longer than the start.”

Midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was substituted with a muscle injury in the game against Palace, while defender Joe Gomez was left out as a precaution.


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