Liverpool could be without six of their senior players when they visit Watford this Saturday, with Diogo Jota the latest to join the list of players in doubt.

The two sides are due to go head-to-head on Saturday for the first time since the Hornets beat the Reds 3-0 in February 2020.

However, it looks like the visitors could be without a number of key figures for the trip to Vicarage Road.

Forward Jota is currently with Portugal for international matches, but their coach Fernando Santos said he could be sent back to Liverpool sooner rather than later, due to a muscle problem.

“He trained a while ago, increased the intensity today with (physio) Joao Brito, but he didn’t train with us,” Santos told a press conference ahead of this evening's match against Luxembourg.

“The probability (Jota will play) will be little. I’ll talk to him and see how he feels.

“If we see that he is in any condition to be on the bench and then he can come in, that’s fine.

“If we don’t, we won’t take the risk with a player who hasn’t been able to train with us for a long time.

“If he cannot participate in the game, he goes (back) to Liverpool because, in these matters, clubs want to have players.

“They have confidence and know the quality of our clinical department, but if he can’t play tomorrow, it makes perfect sense for him to head to Liverpool.”

Liverpool are already likely to be without midfielder Fabinho and goalkeeper Alisson, who are away with Brazil on international duty.

The pair are due to be in action against Uruguay just 35 hours prior to kick off and would face a race against time to get back to England in time for the match.

Meanwhile, Thiago Alcantara and Curtis Jones are looking doubtful with injuries, while Trent Alexander-Arnold has missed Liverpool's last two matches due to an adductor problem.