According to Diogo Jota, the match between Liverpool and Manchester United tomorrow will be too soon for him to play.
The question of whether Jota will start for Liverpool vs Man United in Bangkok was put to him by liverpoolfc.com. But the Portuguese was doubtful if he would make it in time.
Probably too soon, the 25-year-old responded. “Also, because I was with the national team and I only returned yesterday as well. So, I still need to complete the last steps to be 100% with the team, so it’s probably too soon to say that. But, I’ll be ready very, very soon.
There’s absolutely no reason for Jurgen Klopp to risk the third-leading goal scorer from last season in the first game of the pre-season. He is not likely to participate, even if the fitness team gives him the all-clear.
Liverpool are in fantastic shape as the pre-season season begins.
Fortunately for the Liverpool £45 million man, appears to have almost recovered from his injury already. Jota disclosed that it was a hamstring injury he had sustained while on international duty earlier in the conversation with the club’s official website.
However, it doesn’t seem to be something serious. He trained extensively with the team yesterday.
On the injury front, Liverpool appears to be in a decent shape generally. Although things can change very quickly, it currently appears that no key players are hurt.
Due to an injury he had when he arrived, Calvin Ramsay was unable to tour with his new teammates. Given that neither made the journey, there are significant concerns over the fitness of Kaide Gordon and Caoimhin Kelleher as well.
Apart from the trio, Liverpool has a fully fit cohort with which to plan for the coming week or two.
Some players arrived earlier than others and will have completed their preparations in advance. That might result in a very strange-looking team facing United tomorrow.
It wouldn’t be pre-season otherwise, but hey. Looking back at the last time The Reds and Red Devils played in a pre-season game, you get the impression that there might be one or two slightly off-center picks. However, all of that is actually enjoyable.