Liverpool: Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino will miss clash with Leeds

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Jurgen Klopp reveals Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino are NOT back in training and will miss Liverpool’s clash with Leeds… but refuses to admit defeat by ruling them out of Sunday’s Carabao Cup final against Chelsea

  • Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino will not be available for Liverpool to face Leeds 
  • Jurgen Klopp did not rule them out of Sunday’s Carabao Cup final with Chelsea
  • But he revealed that neither have returned to training, which is ‘not a good sign’
  • Both suffered minor injuries in Liverpool’s win at Inter Milan in Europe last week 


Liverpool forwards Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino will not be available to face Leeds on Wednesday but Jurgen Klopp refused to rule them out of Sunday’s Carabao Cup final with Chelsea.

The pair missed the 3-1 victory against Norwich at the weekend with minor injuries and are a doubt as Liverpool look to win their first piece of silverware since the Premier League in 2020.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp revealed neither Jota or Firmino have returned to training on Tuesday afternoon and so will miss their Premier League clash against Leeds on Wednesday.

Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino remain a doubt for Liverpool's Carabao Cup final with Chelsea

Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino remain a doubt for Liverpool’s Carabao Cup final with Chelsea

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said the pair are not back in training and will miss the Leeds clash

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said the pair are not back in training and will miss the Leeds clash

However he refused to accept defeat and rule them out of Sunday’s showdown with the Blues at Wembley at the weekend.

‘For tomorrow, no chance. Then we will see,’ Klopp said speaking ahead of Liverpool’s game in hand over league leaders Manchester City.

‘It would be easy to say ‘no’ now, but we will see. They were not on the pitch for training, which is not a good sign.’

Jota was replaced at half-time during Liverpool's 2-0 victory at Inter Milan with an ankle injury

Jota was replaced at half-time during Liverpool’s 2-0 victory at Inter Milan with an ankle injury

Firmino scored the first goal against Inter but picked up a hamstring issue during the match

Firmino scored the first goal against Inter but picked up a hamstring issue during the match

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Jota was replaced at half-time during Liverpool’s 2-0 Champions League victory over Inter Milan last week with an ankle issue. 

Firmino, who scored the first goal in their last-16 first leg tie, suffered a hamstring injury during the same match.

The gap between Liverpool and City at the top of the Premier League has been cut to six points following the Merseyside giants’ victory over Norwich and Spurs’ shock victory over Pep Guardiola’s side last weekend. 

Liverpool’s £50million January arrival Luis Diaz stepped up in Jota’s absence alongside Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane as the new-look front three were all on target in Saturday’s 3-1 win.

The deficit will be just three points should Liverpool prevail when they welcome Marcelo Bielsa’s struggling Leeds outfit to Anfield on Wednesday night. 

‘If we are not ready for a fight, we will suffer,’ Klopp warned ahead of the Leeds test.

‘The one thing I learned over the years is not to have two or three games in mind. We have to try everything for this game. That’s what we did against Norwich.’ 

Leeds find themselves just five points above the relegation zone after suffering a 4-2 defeat by Manchester United on Sunday – with injuries plaguing their 2021-22 season.

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