Liverpool’s Alisson and Jota to miss Community Shield game

LIVERPOOL Goalkeeper Alisson and striker Diogo Jota will not play a role in their Community Shield game against Manchester City as they continue to recover from injuries, manager Juergen Klopp said on Thursday.

Jota suffered a thigh injury in a pre-season training session and Klopp did not give a potential return date but Alisson, who had an abdominal injury, will return in time for the first round of the Premier League season.

“Alisson trained today, more than the day before. He will be ready for Fulham (August 6) but not for the weekend. Diogo, it will take some time, unfortunately,” Klopp told reporters before Saturday’s game at King Power Stadium.

Klopp has also confirmed that Roberto Firmino is in his plans as the Brazilian striker, who has entered the final year of his contract, attracts interest from European clubs.

“Bobby is the heart and soul of this team. That’s why I’m happy he’s trained with us so far,” Klopp said. its quality. It is essential for us.

Klopp said he was sad to see Sadio Mane leave after his spell at Bayern Munich, but was happy the Senegal striker declared his intentions early which meant Liverpool could find a replacement with Darwin Nunez joining the club last month.

“We lost Sadio who was a fixed player for six years. He told us he wanted a new challenge,” Klopp said.

“He told us quite early on and we accepted it. We had time to prepare that and that’s what we did.

Liverpool lost the league title to City last season by one point and when asked if the Community Shield trophy was important, Klopp said he would take it seriously.

“It’s very important, it’s the last domestic cup competition we haven’t won yet, so we’ll try,” said the German coach.

“If you win it, it’s a very important competition. But if you lose, it becomes less important,” he added with a smile. – Reuters

Sam D. Gomez