Jurgen Klopp reveals Diogo Jota signing helped ease injury nerves

Jurgen Klopp believes Liverpool’s £45m Diogo Jota signing was ‘the most important thing’ and has helped ease his nerves over famed front three picking up injuries

  • Diogo Jota has enjoyed a fine start to life at Liverpool after signing from Wolves 
  • Jurgen Klopp admitted Jota’s £45m arrival has helped ease his injury concerns
  • Jota provides Liverpool’s usual front three with stern competition this season
  • Klopp has conceded the signing was long overdue to aid his selection dilemma  

Jurgen Klopp has revealed he used to constantly worry about his famed front three getting injured before Diogo Jota’s arrival.

Jota faces former club Wolves on Sunday having made a fantastic start to his Liverpool career with nine goals in 14 games.

For the first time under Klopp, the established trio of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah face serious competition for their places with Mane on the bench for last weekend’s draw at Brighton and Salah looking unimpressed when he was substituted.

Jurgen Klopp says he worried about his front three getting injuries before Diogo Jota’s arrival

Klopp admits the £45million signing of Jota was overdue. ‘For us it was the most important thing so we didn’t have to bite our nails pretty much each game and hope somehow they (the forwards) came through and we could bring them into the next game,’ he said.

‘At the moment the front three is the only position where we have more players than we can line up. All the other positions are pretty much who can walk will play or it will be a kid.’

Liverpool have been blighted by defensive injuries this term and face Wolves without first-choice goalkeeper Alisson and centre-backs Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk. England international right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold has only returned to training after missing four weeks with a muscular injury.

Jota faces his former club Wolves on Sunday and has made a remarkable start to Anfield life

Salah and Mane have shown remarkable consistency in the last three years and are regarded as world stars following Liverpool’s success in winning the Champions League and Premier League.

However, Klopp is sure they and Firmino will step up to the challenge set by Jota in the right way rather than resenting the competition.

‘They wouldn’t be who they are or where they are if they couldn’t deal with a situation like this,’ insisted the German.

‘They are completely fine with it. They are happy he (Jota) had that brilliant start as I am obviously. But now that’s already gone and we have to carry on.

Jota has provided Liverpool’s front three with stern competition for the first time under Klopp

‘He (Jota) is doing exceptionally well at the moment but to keep that standard you have to work really hard, be in good shape and score goals because the other boys do that usually.’

Jota, 23, has scored in Liverpool’s last two Premier League games and has become almost undroppable on current form.

Klopp has been on the warpath this season to protect his players and is angry the Premier League only allow three substitutions instead of the five permitted in other major European competitions.

Klopp is aware Liverpool welcoming back 2,000 fans at Anfield will not guarantee any result

His side welcome 2,000 fans back to Anfield on Sunday – the first time Liverpool supporters have seen their team as champions since 1990 – but Klopp knows it doesn’t guarantee them anything.

‘Having fans back is great but how it helps (the result) I’m not sure,’ he said. ‘I don’t expect two thousand people will push us and we win because of that.

‘I know we have to help ourselves and then we will see what kind of atmosphere we can create together. I have no idea about it or how it will be.’

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