Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has admitted he’s been impressed in training by Diogo Jota, who is closing in on his return from injury.
Jota, who earns £90,000-a-week (Spotrac), has been back in full training with the Reds after recovering from a knee problem that has kept him out of action since December.
The 24-year-old has been preparing ahead of this Sunday’s Premier League fixture away to Sheffield United, but it’s unclear on if he’ll make his first appearance for a couple of months.
He’s watched from the sidelines the Merseyside giants fall dramatically down to sixth in the league table.
The Reds have looked miles off the extremely high standards they’ve set in the past couple of years and the challenge now this season looks to be getting into the top four.
Klopp has picked out Portuguese attacker Jota as someone that’s looking bright behind the scenes.
“Diogo trained twice and looks very good but it’s been a long term [out]. Looks promising,” Klopp said, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo.
It seems most likely that Jota will be on the bench this weekend and there is no point risking him, but his return to the squad is a much welcomed one.
Liverpool would surely prefer for one of their senior centre-backs to be available to help in that depleted area of the pitch, but at the same time they need an extra lift going forward.
Mohamed Salah has had to burden a lot of the weight of the attack, which is why Jota’s return will be a big help.
The summer signing scored nine times in 17 games before his knee issue and he seems to give the Reds even more dynamism in the final third.
His presence also cranks up the pressure on the usual front three to keep their spot in the XI.