“It is not ideal” – Noel Whelan highlights areas of key concern for Liverpool ahead of Carabao Cup final against Chelsea
Former premier league star and Leeds United striker Noel Whelan has raised concerns over Diogo Jota’s injury ahead of Liverpool’s Carabao Cup final with the blues.
The Portuguese star forward was forced off during the the Reds’ Champions League win over inter Milan at the San Siro after twisting his ankle on Wednesday. He looks set to miss a couple of games on the sidelines.
Speaking to Football Insider, Whelan revealed his fears surrounding the injury and how it could affect the Reds’ in the Carabao final.
He said:”Oh God, they’re losing a player that’s been carrying the goal tally while your two top scorers have been away in Mane and Salah.
“That was the biggest fear for Liverpool, wasn’t it? Where were the goals going to come from? He took that mantle straight on his shoulders and proved that there is life after Mane and Salah when it comes to goals.”
Whelan added: “I think he’s been one of the most improved players and impressive players at Liverpool since he came in. Not only with his performances but with his assists and goals.
“Those really dangerous forward runs, that instinctive ness in front of goal as well, and that quality of finishing. Let’s hope it’s not a long-term [injury]. It is not ideal. They will assess it. We want to see the best team and the best players out there in cup finals.”
Diogo Jota missed Liverpool’s Weekend game against Norwich City and faces a race against time, though, with the club’s medics getting straight to work on the ankle problem he picked up in the midweek game against Inter Milan in the Champions League.