Diogo Jota laments timing of injury: “100 times worse than playing”

Diogo Jota was a big miss in the title run in and one cannot help but wonder how things would have looked with his finishing in front of goal.

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Diogo Jota has unfortunately battled through another injury disrupted season in 2023/24.

Jota returned in April from a near two-month absence caused by a knee collateral ligament tear, but only managed the 1-0 loss to Crystal Palace and 3-1 win over Fulham before picking up yet another injury

It couldn’t come at a worse time with the Reds hoping for a strong finish in the league, and his clinical nature in front of goal may have changed the course of Liverpool’s season.

The Portuguese attacker has been in strong form whenever he has been able to get onto the pitch this season.

He has 15 goals and 4 assists in 32 games for Liverpool. His presence provides the attack with something different and an alternative option if Darwin Nunez needs time out of the attack.

Highlighting how much football Jota has missed this season, he has missed almost 60% of Liverpool’s fixture since December 2022.

What did Diogo Jota say?

Jota attended the World Snooker Championship final at the Crucible last week. Talking with 2005 champion Shaun Murphy for the World Snooker Tour, Jota spoke on how frustrating his injury has been:

“I had a knee injury at the beginning of the year and now I came back but got injured again.”

“It’s so frustrating, especially when you feel like the team needs you. We were fighting for a lot of titles and you can’t play.”

“That’s very frustrating. It’s so hard (watching from the sidelines) – 100 times worse than playing.” 

It has been very frustrating for all parties involved, and the hope is that Jota can shake off some of his injury vulnerabilities under new management and coaching staff next season.

Diogo Jota has missed 19 games due to injury across all competitions this campaign and missed a whopping.

In 2022/23, the Portuguese international missed a whopping 29 games.

Meanwhile, Andy Robertson is expected to be back in training after not making the squad for Aston Villa.

“I saw him this morning and he told me he is ready to train from tomorrow on,” said the Liverpool manager.

“That’s the situation.”

Robertson will surely like to feature in Jurgen Klopp’s final game against Wolves at Anfield on Sunday.

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