Liverpool drop huge Diogo Jota clue – what does it mean for Fulham?

Liverpool, Diogo Jota (Photo by LAURENCE GRIFFITHS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Liverpool, Diogo Jota (Photo by LAURENCE GRIFFITHS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images) /

Liverpool dropped a huge Diogo Jota clue during their Premier League game against Chelsea, but what does it mean for the Fulham game?

The former Wolves man has been talked up as the player who can help transform a stuttering Reds attack, and he finally made the pitch after a long injury layoff.

Jurgen Klopp turned to the forward as Liverpool chased the result against Chelsea, and Jota was given the final 30 minutes to make his mark.

Liverpool dropped a clue

Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino were largely ineffective again, but seeing Jota back on the field should give both of them the kick they need to reignite their stalled campaign.

Klopp didn’t waste any time in sending Jota on for the last half-an-hour, and it could give us a massive clue about what the German intends to do against Fulham on Sunday.

The Reds are under big pressure to win this one, and just because the Cottagers are in the bottom three doesn’t mean they’ll be an easy team to beat.

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Nobody is easy to beat this season. Sheffield United, who have been awful for much of 2020/2021, provided some resistance and proved difficult to break down. Fulham, who have been improving under Scott Parker, will be even harder.

Diogo Jota must come back in

With a few days between the Chelsea clash and Sunday’s fixture, which is itself only days before the vital Champions League match against RB Leipzig, Klopp will need to be at his most creative to keep key players fit.

That means Mane or Firmino, who have been overworked this campaign, should be in line to be given a rest. Jota could play on the left or centrally, and Klopp must decide who he leaves out of the Fulham first XI.

Neither first-teamers deserve to start that game, but all of a sudden Liverpool look light for numbers up front and Klopp can’t rotate both. Would Takumi Minamino have come in useful here?

So with 30 minutes under his belt, the next step will be to give Jota a start. This will let Klopp rest a key player before the Leipzig game. It’s only a clue, but it’s all we have to go on right now.