Liverpool’s disciplinary problems have continued as they collected their fourth red card of the Premier League season in only seven games. Curtis Jones and Diogo Jota were both sent off during the team’s 2-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur, leaving the Reds with nine men on the pitch and without key players for upcoming matches.
The match at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium ended in disappointment for Liverpool, as a last-minute Joel Matip own goal denied them a point. Son Heung-min had given Tottenham the lead, which was canceled out by Cody Gakpo’s late first-half equalizer. Additionally, Luis Diaz had a goal wrongly disallowed for offside.
Both Jones and Jota were shown red cards during the game, and Jurgen Klopp believed that the decisions were harsh and went against his team. The suspensions of Jones and Jota, coupled with a potential injury to Gakpo, could prove costly for Liverpool in their upcoming fixtures.
Diogo Jota received two yellow cards in the second half, resulting in a single-game suspension for two bookable offenses. He will miss Liverpool’s next Premier League match against Brighton & Hove Albion on October 8. However, Jota will be available for the Europa League clash against Union Saint-Gilloise on Thursday since his ban is a domestic suspension.
On the other hand, Curtis Jones was shown a straight red card for “serious foul play,” which will likely lead to a three-match ban unless Liverpool appeals the decision. Consequently, Jones will miss the Brighton game, as well as the Merseyside derby against Everton and the Premier League encounter with Nottingham Forest after the international break.
Fortunately for Klopp, most of his first-team squad is currently available for selection. Trent Alexander-Arnold returned from injury as a substitute against Tottenham, leaving Thiago and young Conor Bradley as the only sidelined players. However, Gakpo’s injury may potentially add to the treatment room concerns.
Liverpool will need to navigate these upcoming matches without the services of Jones and Jota, presenting a challenge for Klopp as he looks to maintain the team’s momentum and secure positive results. The depth of the squad will be tested, but with players like Alexander-Arnold returning to fitness, Liverpool will aim to overcome these hurdles and continue their pursuit of success in domestic and European competitions.