'Probably': Klopp suggests he's putting 25-year-old Liverpool player in his squad to face Everton
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'Probably': Klopp suggests he's putting 25-year-old Liverpool player in his squad to face Everton

Jurgen Klopp has indicated that Diogo Jota will be in the Liverpool squad to play Everton tomorrow.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference via Liverpool FC on YouTube, Klopp said that Jota had trained with the team yesterday.

“Diogo probably will be in as well,” said the Liverpool boss. “He trained yesterday with the team first time. He will train today [then] we have to make a decision. Does it make sense if we involve him already or not. But if [we do] then it’ll be the first time we have five attackers, it’s like Christmas.”

Jota’s return would be a major boost for Liverpool on the day that will also see Darwin Nunez return from suspension.

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Brilliant news and a phsycological edge

Klopp had suggested earlier in the week that Jota would be back in training on Thursday. However, it seemed unlikely at the time that he would be ready for a matchday squad.

As the manager says, a decision will still have to be made on that. But having returned from injury in pre-season before breaking down again, it’s important not to rush the 25-year-old back.

Nunez’s availability once again means that Liverpool have a couple of options in attack. Unless there are any further injuries between now and tomorrow, Jota should be seen as a break-glass choice only.

Then again, if he responds well to training and the physios are confident, why not throw him in.

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It would perhaps give Liverpool a slight phsycological edge to start the man who was so influential at Goodison last season.

Either way, it’s good news. Liverpool’s injury crisis is starting to ease and, aside from Thiago Alcantara, Jota is maybe the most important face to return.

The Reds haven’t exactly been goal-shy during his absence. But regardless, his endeavour and ability to sniff out a goal will be welcome back all the same.

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