“Put him on the bench” – Kevin Campbell says the reds doesn’t need to start in-form star-player for Liverpool vs Chelsea Carabao Cup final
Liverpool sensational forward Diogo Jota picked up an ankle injury in their 2-0 win over Inter Milan at San Siro in the Champions League last week.
The forward has since missed two matches for Liverpool and has been currently pushing for fitness ahead of their Carabao Cup final against Chelsea on Sunday.
Diogo Jota took part in a press briefing on Wednesday. There remains cautious optimism that he could still be involved in Wembley’s action, although he was being checked today to ensure he had not suffered an adverse reaction to the workout.
However, former Gunners Forward Kevin Campbell believes the Reds should not push Jota.
While speaking to Football Insider, he said: “I just hope Liverpool don’t take a risk on him. They don’t need to. Put him on the bench if need be but don’t start him. They have got other players who can do the business.”
He added: “Jota has been instrumental in getting Liverpool there but it is not worth risking him it for the long term. Make sure he is OK and if he is, get him on in the second half.
“Do not risk him and rush him back for the League Cup final. It’s a trophy but let’s be honest, it’s more important that Jota is fit for the Premier League and Champions League.”
Jota has been key in the Reds’ journey to the Carabao Cup final.
He has scored three goals in the competition this season, including a brace against Arsenal in the semi-finals, and has scored 17 goals and made 3 assists in 32 appearances in all competitions so far this season.