The long-awaited return of Diogo Jota is seemingly around the corner after the Portuguese forward posted some footage of himself back on the training pitch at Liverpool’s AXA Training Centre in Kirkby.
The Anfield faithful have watched on painfully without the talismanic 24-year-old in recent weeks. Jota has missed Liverpool’s previous 12 matches, as a result of a knee injury.
However, the £45 million signing from Wolves was pictured back in action for the first time since December 9.
Under the guidance of club physio Chris Morgan, the eight-time Portugal international undertook some gym work before taking to the outdoor pitches for some running drills.
When can we expect Jota back?
According to reports from Goal, Jota could be expected to make his comeback shortly with his return-date pencilled in for early February.
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This could see him back in time for Liverpool’s all-important Champions League last-16 clash against RB Leipzig in just 13 days time.
Julian Nagelsmann’s team certainly oppose a serious threat to Liverpool’s European aspirations this season. The German outfit have the best defensive record in the Bundesliga, after all, having conceded just 17 goal all season.
So, for Liverpool to break down the likes of Dayot Upamecano and Ibrahima Konaté over two legs, the potential addition of Jota couldn’t be timed any better, then.
Ironically, his last Reds appearance was in the same competition during a pre-Christmas Champions League dead-rubber against FC Midtjylland.
As evidenced by the team’s lack of goals during the January run-in, Jota’s return is certainly a welcomed one from where supporters are concerned.
During his sustained absence, Liverpool have surrendered top spot in the Premier League, seen their 1369-day undefeated league home record shattered while enduring a baren five-match winless run.
Luckily, Liverpool’s pedigreed front-three have rediscovered their goalscoring prowess of late, with Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino all amongst the goals in recent wins against Tottenham and West Ham.
With Jota also to come back into the attacking picture, suddenly Liverpool’s Premier League and Champions aspirations have been given a significant boost.
Let’s see what a selection of Kopites had to say on the imminent return of former Atletico Madrid starlet…