Jurgen Klopp has praised the shape that Liverpool forward Diogo Jota has returned from injury in.
Jota hasn’t played since being stretchered off against Manchester City in mid-October. Now, three months on, Klopp has confirmed that the 26-year-old is back on the training pitch.
“I don’t know exactly how long Diogo will be out for, but he looks really good,” the Liverpool manager said via The Athletic.
“He is out there on the pitch and doing a lot of stuff already but he will be out for another few weeks. In contention for the Champions League? From my point of view, yes.” Brilliant, brilliant news.
Liverpool get Jota boost
Remarkably, by the time Jota returns to action it will be almost a year since his last Liverpool goal.
Given that he managed twenty-one in all competitions last season, that feels odd. And yet, the fact remains that he last found the net on April 10th, against Manchester City.
In fairness, a lot of that time has been spent out injured. But it doesn’t disguise the fact that Jota hasn’t been in tip-top form even when he has played.
Still, his return will come as an almighty boost to Liverpool.
Since Jota’s injury, Klopp has been heavily reliant on Darwin Nunez and Mohamed Salah. The pair have done okay on the whole, but they need help, badly.
Cody Gakpo has come in to give some instant relief. But with Nunez now injured himself, it’s one step forward, one back for Liverpool. Jota’s return should help rectify that.
Darwin reportedly isn’t far away from a comeback too, while Luis Diaz has also seemingly returned to doing gym work.
There is still an air of mystery surrounding the injury to Roberto Firmino. Hope will remain that the Brazilian can too return in the near future, though. With Gakpo added, Liverpool do have some real firepower once everyone is fit. Fingers crossed we can get an extended period of the season where that becomes a reality.