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Liverpool Striker Set To Return To First-Team Training This Week: Massive Boost For Klopp?

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In a recent report, Liverpool Echo has revealed that Liverpool striker Diogo Jota is set to return to first-team training this week. It is believed that the Portuguese attacker is hoping to resume full training with the rest of Jurgen Klopp’s first-team squad on Wednesday after a long injury layoff (via Liverpool Echo).

Jota’s Impressive Yet Injury-Ridden Start To Life At Anfield

Jota has been out of action since picking up a knee injury versus FC Midtjylland back in December. Prior to his injury, the Porto-born sensation made a terrific start to life at Merseyside as he banged in nine goals in 17 appearances for the Reds across all competitions.

The 24-year-old did well to average 2.2 shots, 0.7 key passes and 1.0 dribbles per game in the Premier League. He has even tidy with his ball-distribution after completing 83.2% of his attempted passes in the English first division (stats via whoscored).

With Liverpool struggling to fire on all cylinders offensively in recent weeks, Jota’s return will give Jurgen Klopp some hope that his team can pick up some wins and get their top-four hopes back on track.

Liverpool's Jota set to return to first-team training this week (Jota is seen celebrating in the picture)
Liverpool’s Portuguese striker Diogo Jota (C) celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the UEFA Champions league Group D football match between Liverpool and Midtjylland at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on October 27, 2020. (Photo by MICHAEL REGAN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

What Does The Portugal International Offer On The Pitch?

Jota is one of the quickest players in the Premier League and can turn on the afterburners to leave his marker to bite the dust when left isolated in a 1v1 footrace with the opposition. The eight-time Portugal international has made a habit of making some clever turns in and around the opponent’s penalty box. Plus, he has transformed himself into a deadly finisher in the final third.

The Reds are in dire need to score goals regularly if they want to keep pace with Chelsea and West Ham United in the Premier League’s top-four race. Jota will undoubtedly add more firepower to their attack and could potentially reignite their form on the offensive end of the field.

Jota Set To Return To Training: Massive Boost For The Reds?

Having Jota back in training will be a big boost for Klopp as the ex-Wolves striker has shown that he can find the back of the net consistently at the highest level. At 24, the Portuguese speedster is about to enter the prime stage of his playing career, so the Liverpool manager can expect to see the best out of him in this calendar year.

With some important fixtures coming up against Sheffield United, Chelsea and Fulham at the start of next month, Klopp will now have more options to tweak his tactics in search of some favourable results over the next few weeks.

Jota has what it takes to help the Merseyside giants get back to winning ways in the Premier League. The Portuguese marksman could also make some important contributions for the Reds in the UEFA Champions League this season.

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