Diogo Jota set to return to full team training at Kirkby this week

Liverpool are set to welcome Diogo Jota back from the knee injury that has seen him sidelined for 18 games this season.

This is according to Anfield Central sources. A contact close to the club can reveal that the Portuguese international will resume full team training later this week.

His dribbling, finishing and link-up play have been sorely missed and with the Reds now 19 points behind Manchester City and five points behind fourth-placed West Ham United, his return to the side will boost Liverpool’s chances of securing Champions League qualification.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 29: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Diogo Jota of Liverpool during a training session at Melwood Training Ground on October 29, 2020 in Liverpool, England. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED BY ANDREW POWELL/LIVERPOOL FC VIA GETTY IMAGES.

Jota has scored 9 goals in 15 Premier League and Champions League fixtures. By contrast, Mane and Firmino have just 11 and 6 respectively despite playing double the games.

Mohamed Salah has been forced to carry the burden of scoring most of Liverpool’s goals this season, with 17 in the Premier League, 4 in the Champions League and 3 in the FA Cup.

Jota’s goals will boost Liverpool’s ability to beat teams that set up with a low block but it’s his dribbling and ability to turn on a sixpence and drive at opposition defenders that will make the biggest difference.

BERGAMO, ITALY – NOVEMBER 03: Diogo Jota of Liverpool FC scores the opening goal during the UEFA Champions League Group D stage match between Atalanta BC and Liverpool FC at Gewiss Stadium on November 03, 2020 in Bergamo, Italy. PHOTO BY EMILIO ANDREOLI/GETTY IMAGES

Additionally, he’s the club’s most two-footed attacker meaning he is able to pop up in different positions and affect the game with ease.

Naby Keita is also close to a return to action after being named on the bench against Everton – his first matchday involvement for 66 days and 14 games.

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