Diogo Jota was sent home from Liverpool hotel but trio to return vs Chelsea

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Diogo Jota was sent home from their hotel after suffering with a bout of sickness.

The former Wolves striker has been out of action since December, after picking up a leg injury in the final Champions League group game against FC Midtjylland.

Jota had been in stunning form prior to his injury, with his absence coinciding with the Reds' title defence collapsing.

Klopp was set to be able to call upon the Portuguese star for the trip to face Sheffield United, only for the forward to miss out through illness.

The champions managed to pick up all three points against the doomed Blades, with a strike from Curits Jones and a Kean Bryan own goal giving them a 2-0 win.

Along with Jota; Alisson and Fabinho also missed out with the goalkeeper allowed the night off on compassionate grounds, after his father was found dead in Brazil last week.

But speaking after the win at Bramall Lane, the Reds boss suggested that all three could be fit and ready for Thursday night's clash with Chelsea.

"Alisson and Fabinho, I am pretty sure [they can play]," Klopp said.

"With Diogo, he was with us last night in the hotel, but he got sick overnight and we had to send him home.

"So it will depend how quickly he recovers, obviously.

"He wasn't in the squad, but he's trained with the team before [this week] and looked really good, like I said before.

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  • "I think he will be available but I don't know."

    He added:  "I would think that Diogo is ready for Thursday, but I don't know at the moment.

    "Fabinho trained twice with the team and should be pretty close for the squad, I am sure. That is it pretty much."

    The result leaves Liverpool in sixth place, two points behind West Ham, who currently occupy the final berth to secure Champions League qualification for next season.

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