Alisson, Jota to miss Liverpool's Shield clash with Man City

accreditation
0:00
play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
Diogo Jota (Getty Images)
Diogo Jota (Getty Images)
Andrew Powell/Getty Images

Liverpool pair Alisson Becker and Diogo Jota have been ruled out of Saturday's Community Shield clash against Manchester City.

Reds keeper Alisson has been struggling with an abdominal problem throughout pre-season, while Portugal forward Jota is dealing with a hamstring injury.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp confirmed on Thursday that both players would be missing from the traditional curtain-raiser to the English top-flight season at the King Power Stadium.

Alisson is the closest to being available having resumed training, but the Brazilian is targeting the opening Premier League game against Fulham on August 6.

Jota faces a longer spell on the sidelines and was not with the squad at their training camp in Austria this week.

"Ali trained today more than the day before, so he will definitely be available for Fulham, but not for the weekend," Klopp said.

"Diogo is not here with us, so how could he play a football game? It will take a while, unfortunately."

Due to the early start to the campaign this year, Klopp admits he has not had enough time in pre-season to do all the work he would have liked.

Because of that, Liverpool will play another friendly against Strasbourg after the Community Shield.

The FA Cup and League Cup holders are also due to arrange another warm-up fixture even after the top-flight campaign starts at Fulham.

"We have to extend our pre-season, if you like, into the season," Klopp said.

"We play on Saturday against City, and we play a pre-season friendly on Sunday against Strasbourg. Then Fulham, and the next day we play another game."

Despite the tricky preparations for a season that will also feature a winter break for the World Cup in Qatar, Klopp is hoping his side can hit the ground running this weekend against Premier League champions City.


City pipped Liverpool to the title by just one point on the final day of last season.

"It's very important. We have played this 'final' a couple of times and it would be nice if we could win it," Klopp said.

"It's the last domestic cup competition we didn't win yet, so we will give it a try."

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed. 
Subscribe to News24
Fixtures
Sun 02 Oct 22 13:00 PM (SAST)
Manchester City
Manchester City
Manchester United
Manchester United
Etihad Stadium
SuperSport
Sun 02 Oct 22 15:30 PM (SAST)
Leeds
Leeds
Aston Villa
Aston Villa
Elland Road
SuperSport
Mon 03 Oct 22 19:00 PM (SAST)
Leicester City
Leicester City
Forest
Forest
King Power Stadium
SuperSport
Results
Sat 01 Oct 22
West Ham
West Ham 2
Wolverhampton Wanderers
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0
Sat 01 Oct 22
Southampton
Southampton 1
Everton
Everton 2
Sat 01 Oct 22
Liverpool
Liverpool 3
Brighton
Brighton 3
Logs
Team
P
W
PTS
Team Logo
1. Arsenal
8
7
21
Team Logo
2. Manchester City
7
5
17
Team Logo
3. Tottenham Hotspur
8
5
17
Team Logo
4. Brighton
7
4
14