Jota ‘ruled out’ of Fulham clash as Liverpool anxiously await news on injury

Diogo Jota will reportedly miss Liverpool's trip to Fulham on Sunday after suffering a knee injury in the 1-1 draw with Midtjylland on Wednesday.

Jota, 24, played 87 minutes in the Champions League fixture and was on the receiving end of numerous heavy tackles.

He was not pictured in training on Friday and Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp confirmed he was a doubt for the Premier League fixture at Fulham.

The Reds are now resigned to Jota missing the match as they await news on the severity of the Portugal international's injury.

That's according to The Times , which adds the injury needs to "settle down" before it can be properly assessed.

The news comes as a blow to Klopp as he aims to extend Liverpool's seven-game unbeaten run in the top flight.

Jota has been in sensational form since his £41million arrival from Wolves last summer, scoring nine goals in 17 games in all competitions.

The player has been used in various roles across the front line, while in his absence Klopp may return to his tried and tested front three of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.

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The Reds boss admitted Jota, alongside left-back Kostas Tsimikas, picked up a "knock" against Midtjylland as he previewed the Fulham clash.

"We had some niggles I would say, but we have to see. The diagnosis is not finally done," he said. "Kostas, we have to see. Diogo got a knock as well – that is it from the game I think."

Meanwhile, Klopp heaped praise on Jota last week as he revelled in Liverpool's strength and depth in attack. He told Liverpool's official website : "He's doing exceptionally well at the moment, absolutely.

"But to keep that standard we have to work really hard, we have to keep him in a good shape, score goals because the other boys do that usually. That's clear.

"For us, the most important thing was that we don't have to bite our nails pretty much in each game and hope they [Salah, Mane and Firmino] somehow come through and we can bring them in the next game again – especially not in this season."

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