Diogo Jota explains Liverpool’s “opportunity” in the midst of the injury crisis off West Ham.


The Dutch star midfielder will spend most of this season on the sidelines after Jordan Pickford was ruthlessly challenged in the Merseyside Derby and had to undergo surgery for a serious cruciate ligament injury.

Diogo Jota believes there is a chance for Liverpool players to move up after injuries to players like Virgil van Dijk and “prove their worth”.

Liverpool will face West Ham on Saturday, but will have to contend with the injuries of Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip, Fabinho and Naby Keita, while Thiago Alcantara is doubtful.

Elsewhere, Naby Keita is not yet fully recovered and Thiago Alcantara is also doubtful.

But that is not the only problem Jurgen Klopp has to contend with, with Joel Matip also injured against Everton, and midfielder Fabinho’s replacement in midfield was sent off in the Champions League midweek against Midtjylland FC, leaving the Reds with only one recognized senior international in the shape of Joe Gomez.

“I think it’s a chance for another player, and as a team we will find solutions for anything that might happen.

“I think it’s never good news when you hear that someone is injured,” said Jay.

“But that’s the world of football, and when something like that happens, there’s an opportunity for another man to step in and prove that his worth is there in this club.

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Jay arrived in Anfield just last month from the Wolves in a £41 million deal and has already made a huge impact both on and off the pitch, having made eight appearances – including four starts – and scored three goals in his Premier League debut for the champions at Anfield, scoring three against Arsenal.

And the Portuguese international explained the big differences between Liverpool and his time at Molineux.

“When we do rondos, possession or finals, everyone has an immense quality. I think that’s the characteristic of Liverpool, so everyone is ready to make a difference.

He told Liverpoolfc.com: “There is a huge difference; the quality that every single player in this club has.

“I don’t think I was used to everything that happens in this club.

“And also on the field, because they have such a good quality, so everything is easier. We just have to be willing and able to play the game.

“There are a lot of staff here who are happy to help you wherever they can. Off the field, that’s the biggest surprise for me, because here we have people who help us with everything.


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