Diogo Jota injured three weeks into Liverpool’s pre-season – Liverpool FC

Diogo Jota has become the third Liverpool player to pick up an injury in post-season internationals, with the forward suffering a thigh problem with Portugal.

There are less than three weeks until the Reds meet for the first day of pre-season in Kirkby, but it remains to be seen which players will report on July 4.

The majority of Jurgen Klopp’s key players – apart from Jordan Henderson, Luis Diaz and Joel Matip – have been involved in post-season qualifiers and friendlies, with this round of the UEFA Nations League finally coming to an end tuesday.

After 63 games across four competitions at club level, it’s no surprise those on international duty are picking up injuries.

Thiago was expelled from the Spain squad ahead of their clashes with Portugal, Switzerland and the Czech Republic, while Mohamed Salah missed Egypt’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Egypt. Ethiopia and the friendly match in South Korea.

The Portuguese Football Federation has confirmed that Jota suffered a thigh injury in the 1-0 loss to Switzerland on Sunday.

Jota played the final 28 minutes in Geneva, in a game decided by Haris Seferovic’s first-minute goal, but complained of being unwell after the final whistle.

He underwent a CT scan with his national team, with Liverpool kept informed along the way, and will now leave for his post-season break nursing an injury.

It can be seen as a setback for the 25-year-old, especially given how close pre-season is, but he likely would have benefited from an extended break in both directions.

It could be an important summer for Jota, who will return to training with a new rival for his place in attack, with Darwin Nunez expected to arrive from Benfica.

Nunez is expected to play a key role in attack alongside Salah and Diaz, with Jota among those vying for a spot after a frustrating end to the campaign.

Jota made 55 appearances for Liverpool last season – the second most of any player – and scored 21 goals – his best tally for a single campaign – but only found the back of the net four times in his Last 25 matches.

The 25-year-old ended the season on a barren run, scoreless in 13 outings, but still showed positive signs by delivering five assists during that span.

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