Liverpool forward, Diogo Jota has suffered an injury setback and will head for a scan. For other Reds players, it serves as a reminder of how quickly things may change.
The Portugal international has been sidelined with an injury in training, just when he was supposed to be returning back in contention to play for Liverpool in a pre-season game.
Jota is set to undergo tests on an injury he sustained on Wednesday, with Liverpool sweating on the outcome. The injury, according to ECHO, comes in the same area as the previous injury he sustained while on international duty this summer, making it a potential recurrence.
Liverpool, of course, has a strong offensive line (not as much as last season, but depth nonetheless). The whole results of the scans may possibly show that it is not as serious as some may have feared.
However, the injury scare also serves as a reminder of the important role that another Liverpool forward is expected to play. This season, Darwin Nunez and Luis Dáz are anticipated to have major impacts, and Mohamed Salah, who recently signed a new deal, will be refreshed.
While Fábio Carvalho spent his first minutes in a Reds shirt against Manchester United on the left side of a midfield three for half an hour, he can also play further forward in the attacking line.
However, while Roberto Firmino has been something of a forgotten man, the Brazilian should also not be overlooked. As his contract enters its final year, Firmino has a point to prove, sort of.
Given that Jürgen Klopp has five senior attackers he can call upon when everyone is fit, it would be fair to place the 30-year-old forward as the fifth choice given that he missed a big part of last season due to injury.
However serious or not the scans show Jota’s injury to be, it serves as a reminder of how quickly things can change.
If Jota is out for a significant period of time, Firmino might find himself suddenly starting the new season in the Liverpool team because Nunez is a new signing and there is a strong argument for him being eased in at the start of the new season.
Those are two big “ifs,” but a Jota scare is exactly the kind of reminder that anyone questioning Firmino’s importance in the coming season should heed. It also serves as a reminder of how laughable the reports of a swap deal involving Adrien Rabiot and others were just a few weeks ago.
Firmino cannot leave without a replacement, and Liverpool chances of making any other signings are quite low. Regardless of how severe the Jota injury turns out to be, the Brazilian is expected to play a significant role in the team this season.
With Takumi Minamino and Divock Origi gone, Firmino’s ability to avoid the treatment room will be of utmost importance.
By doing so, he might have a better chance of getting a new deal as he begins what is currently his final season at Anfield. The Jota scare serves as a reminder to those who needed it that he will have more opportunities to shine.