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Liverpool handed boost as one of the injured players has returned to training



Liverpool have been handed a boost after striker Diogo Jota took his injury recovery to the next level at the club’s AXA training centre.

The 24-year-old has been absent since damaging knee ligaments during a Champions League clash against Midtjylland on December 9.

Manager Jurgen Klopp faced heavy criticism for fielding the summer signing in the match, given Liverpool had secured qualification from the groups which left the fixture as a dead rubber.

Under the guidance of club physio Chris Morgan, the former Wolves man undertook some gym work before taking to the outdoor pitches for some running drills.

Klopp is now waiting on updates regarding the forward, in hope of quickly reintegrating him back into his plans once again.

An estimate of ‘early February’ had been placed on Jota’s return, meaning the Portuguese is likely to be brought back into the main squad for full training next week, following fixtures against Brighton and Manchester City.

Jota enjoyed a sensational start to life on Merseyside, grasping his opportunity with both hands and providing immediate competition to the attacking trident of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.

Jota has five Premier League goals in nine appearances for his new club, with four goals in six outings in the Champions League.

Liverpool have been struck with injuries throughout the season, especially to their defensive players.

First choice centre-back pairing Virgil Van Dijk, Joe Gomez, along with deputy Joel Matip are not expected to play again this season.

Ahead of the Brighton match on Wednesday evening, Klopp said ‘it’s as it was’ in terms of his squad’s fitness.

That means Mane, who has scored seven goals in the Premier League this season, will miss the match as he did in the recent fixture against West Ham.