Jurgen Klopp offers worrying Diogo Jota update ahead of Real Madrid clash

Jurgen Klopp has offered a worrying update on Diogo Jota ahead of Liverpool's Champions League quarter-final with Real Madrid.

The Reds face Zinedine Zidane's men at the Bernabeu on Tuesday, but it appears they could be without their Portuguese winger.

Jota joined Liverpool from Wolves in the summer and scored nine goals in his first 14 matches before picking up an injury against Midtjylland which kept him out for three months.

He returned to the side in early March and scored in Liverpool's last game before the international break – the decisive goal in a 1-0 win against Wolves at Molineux.

His good form continued for Portugal, netting twice against Serbia and once against Luxembourg in crucial World Cup qualifiers.

Jota started both matches, and it was those excursions which led Klopp to drop Jota from Liverpool's team against Arsenal – raising doubts about his availability for Real Madrid.

In an interview with Sky Sports, Klopp said: "Diogo was injured and then played for us directly in some really intense games.

"Then for Portugal he had some pretty intense games, came back, felt it here and there a little bit so same for Gini, he played three games.

"I saw a lot of players during the week in training, how they looked and what they did so that's the reason for the line up."

Liverpool were given a huge boost in their bid to qualify for next season's Champions League as Chelsea and Leicester both lost on Saturday afternoon.

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