Diago Jota in contention for Merseyside derby but Thiago an injury doubt


Monday’s Merseyside derby at Anfield could see the return of at least one of Liverpool’s injured stars, with Diogo Jota back in training.

Diogo Jota could make his first appearance for Liverpool since mid-October on Monday when the Reds host Everton in the Merseyside derby, but Thiago Alcantara may miss out.

Thiago has suffered a hip flexor injury and the Spanish midfielder has not trained this week, according to manager Jurgen Klopp.

Jota was sidelined almost four months ago with a calf injury sustained in Liverpool’s 1-0 win over Manchester City, but returned to full training earlier this week and Klopp confirmed his 26-man squad for Monday’s midday press conference on Friday. controversial”.

The former Waves striker was pictured in training with Roberto Firmino, Virgil van Dijk and Arthur Melo, three other players returning from injury.

“I don’t know, we have to see how it looks, how it goes with the intensity of training and we will decide,” Klopp said of Firmino and Arthur, adding Van Dijk. think it’s close to play.”

The player’s return will be a much-needed boost for Klopp, whose team has won just one of seven games in 2023 (D2, L4) and the worst in recent memory.

Liverpool face an Everton side at Goodison Park with the appointment of manager Anan Dyche and a 1-0 win at Premier League leaders Arsenal, and Klopp is in no doubt about the scale of the job on Monday.

“Density is always important,” he said. “We know it will be a tough game, but Dyche is here and he made an immediate impact, obviously. We have to prepare and we will do that.”

Klopp has refused to discuss his decision to send an independent commission into alleged breaches of the Premier League’s financial rules, insisting he just wants his team to get their season back on track.

“It’s not the time we want or the time we like, but it’s the time we can show if we want to show how special the club is,” he said.

“Boys have been through many times in the last few years, not everything is clear now for different reasons, but we are fighting to change the situation, but I believe that the better you behave in your difficult times, the faster you enter the better times .”

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