“It is not ideal” – Noel Whelan highlights key concern for Liverpool ahead of Carabao Cup final against Chelsea


Former Leeds United striker Noel Whelan has raised fears over Diogo Jota's injury ahead of Liverpool's Carabao Cup clash with Chelsea. The Portuguese forward was forced off during the Reds' Champions League win over inter Milan after twisting his ankle on Wednesday.

He looks set to miss a couple of games on the sidelines. Speaking to Football Insider , Whelan revealed his concerns surrounding the injury and how it could affect the Reds' in the Carabao final. He said:

“Oh God, they’re losing a player that’s been carrying the goal tally while your two top scorers have been away in Mane and Salah. That was the biggest fear for Liverpool wasn’t it? Where were the goals going to come from? He took that mantle straight on his shoulders and proved that there is life after Mane and Salah when it comes to goals."

he added “I think he’s been one of the most improved players and impressive players at Liverpool since he came in. Not only with his performances but with his assists and goals.

"Those really dangerous forward runs, that instinctive-ness in front of goal as well and that quality of finishing. Let’s hope it’s not a long term [injury]. It is not ideal. They will assess it. We want to see the best team and the best players out there in cup finals.”

Jota has managed a brilliant 17 goals in 32 games in all competitions for the Reds this campaign, a tally only bettered by Mohamed Salah. The Reds will hope to continue moving forward despite the setback and add the EFL Cup trophy to their cabinet.

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