Jurgen Klopp confirms Portugal star Diogo Jota will MISS the World Cup in Qatar after being taken off on a stretcher with a calf injury during Liverpool’s win over Manchester City
- Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has ruled Diogo Jota out of the 2022 World Cup
- He sustained a calf injury during Liverpool’s 1-0 win over Man City on Sunday
- The Portugal international was stretched off the pitch at Anfield as a result
- Klopp has said it’s a ‘very serious injury’ that will rule him out for ‘months’
Jurgen Klopp has ruled Diogo Jota out of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar after the 25-year-old was stretched off the pitch during Liverpool’s 1-0 win over City.
The Liverpool winger sustained a calf injury during their Premier League game at Anfield on Sunday – leaving Portugal boss Fernando Santos sweating over his fitness.
Fans were hopeful Jota would make it back in time for the World Cup but Klopp has confirmed he will miss the showpiece tournament – which starts next month.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has ruled Diogo Jota out of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar
Jota was stretched off in Liverpool’s 1-0 win over Manchester City on Sunday afternoon
Speaking during Liverpool’s press conference, Klopp said: ‘Jota will be out for a long time, we talk about months. We will see – I don’t want to put a number on it because I hope there is a positive moment in rehab, but it will be long.’
When asked how Jota was coping emotionally, Klopp said: ‘It’s Diogo and he’s surprisingly OK, so far. Smart size and reflective. He knew when we carried him off the pitch when we came out on the pitch. He explained what happened and he knew it was a serious one and impactful for his World Cup dreams. ‘
The Portuguese winger went down in the ninth minute of stoppage time at Anfield
Klopp went on to explain how the injury would rule Jota out of the World Cup. He said: ‘Jota will miss the World Cup, really serious injury in the calf and we have to recover him. The process starts and that’s it. Very sad news for the boy, for us and Portugal.’
Jota sustained the injury during Liverpool’s Premier League clash with Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday afternoon.
Jota looked in immense discomfort after trying to flick the ball forward as Liverpool sought to add another goal late on against their Premier League rivals.
The 25-year-old quickly received medical attention on his left leg as Jota’s teammates cut worried figures with it soon evident that the winger would have to be removed from play.
Portugal manager Santos will be devastated by the news ahead of the 2022 World Cup
Jota (right) has been a key figure for Portugal, starting their last six international matches
Stretchers were called on and Jota was pictured looking emotional as he headed down the tunnel to receive treatment as Liverpool held on to claim a famous victory.
Portugal manager Santos will be devastated by the news considering Jota as been an ever-present figure in the National side since making his debut in 2020.
He has made 29 appearances for the national team, scoring 10 goals, and starting the previous five fixtures for Portugal.