'A few more weeks': 25-year-old Liverpool player now suggests he's almost ready to return from injury
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'A few more weeks': 25-year-old Liverpool player now suggests he's almost ready to return from injury

Diogo Jota has claimed that he is ‘a few weeks’ away from a return from injury for Liverpool.

Jota signed a new five-year deal with Liverpool on Tuesday afternoon. Sitting down with liverpoolfc.com following his extension, the 25-year-old opened up on his injury.

“Unfortunately for me I had an upset in this pre-season because I got injured [in the] last game of the season playing with Portugal,” said Jota. “So I was coming back in this pre-season, I felt it a little bit again. So it will be a few more weeks, I would say.”

That sounds encouraging, if a little vague. Liverpool do have options while Jota sits out, but his return will be a big boost whenever it arrives.

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Jota gets reward for two years of progress

The news that Jota was in-line for a new deal has been circulating for a few weeks now. After talks reportedly developed yesterday, today was finally the day when all the T’s were crossed and the I’s dotted.

Few could argue that the Portugal international isn’t thoroughly worthy of his new terms. The extension will reportedly come with a ‘significant’ pay-rise, and Jota has really earned it.

Rarely has a player improved so much and so quickly when coming from a lower-level Premier League side. Sadio Mane from Southampton is the only real comparison. Impressively, Jota actually outscored the Senegalese in their respective first two seasons at Anfield.

If he can kick-on from here in the manner that Sadio did post-2018, he could become an all-time great at the club.

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That may depend on whether or not he’s in the team, though. Since Luis Diaz’s arrival, Jota has found himself bumped out of the first eleven. With Darwin Nunez now set to lead the line, he seems likely to be the fourth wheel in a three man attack.

Nevertheless, Jota has forced his way into an established Liverpool front-three once before. You wouldn’t bet against him doing it again.

If he is to become a mainstay in the side once more though, we need to see the Jota from August to February of last season upon his return from injury.

Put in some displays like the ones we saw towards the end of the season, and it could be a while until he’s a regular again.

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