Diogo Jota to start indoor training this week as February return nears

Liverpool will welcome Diogo Jota back to training at the AXA training facility next week after his knee brace came off this week, according to Anfield Central sources.

At the time of writing, the Portuguese forward has been missing from action for 39 days, as per Transfermarkt’s records, and his absence has been felt viscerally.

Liverpool may have thrashed Crystal Palace 7-0 at Selhurst Park but since then, the Reds have scored just one goal in their last three Premier League games, drawing twice and slipping to defeat once.

KIRKBY, ENGLAND – JANUARY 15: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool during a training session at AXA Training Centre on January 15, 2021 in Kirkby, England. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED BY ANDREW POWELL/LIVERPOOL FC VIA GETTY IMAGES.

Jota’s knee brace came off this week, reliable sources close to Anfield Central report. We’re now told that from the start of next week, Jota will begin indoor work as his return to the pitch nears.

In the same week that Virgil van Dijk began ball work on the pitch, Jota’s own rehab is set to ramp up with Liverpool hoping to get their new signing back onto the pitch.

The £40.2m acquisition from Wolves has scored nine goals this season and his movement, dribbling and unerring finishing have been sorely missed.

Liverpool will face Manchester United tonight as they aim to return to the top of the table after a period of form that has seen them throw away their stranglehold on the top spot in the Premier League.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 12: A general view at dawn showing the Main Stand at Anfield on February 12, 2020 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. ALL RIGHT RIGHTS RESERVED BY VISIONHAUS/GETTY IMAGES.

With van Dijk and Jota both to return in the next couple months, Liverpool need to do their best to remain in the title race so that the two injured stars can drag them across the line when they return to full fitness.

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