In case you’ve been living under a rock since August (recommended, actually), you are probably aware that Liverpool have had a wee bit of an injury crisis. Or a massive one that leaves the Merseyside club with the dubious distinction of being miles ahead atop of the EPL injury table. I’ve heard it both ways.
Well, one player is on the verge of returning—one that got off to an absolute flier in Red—Diogo Jota. His return would be massive for a club that is both profligate in front of goal and defensively suspect since his departure.
Leftback Andy Robertson was also pleased to see the Portuguese back in training.
“In a really tough week for a few reasons, of course, seeing Diogo back on the pitch brought a smile to everyone’s face,” Robbo said.
“He was flying up until his injury, he really made an impact coming into the team, a new signing hitting the ground running with goals, assists and the way he was going about his business.
“So, great to have him back. He has obviously been out for a long period of time, he’s looking really good in training, looking sharp. So, I’m sure he’s looking to make up for lost time.
“It’s good to have that option, great to have him back and it’ll be good to have him back involved in the squad. He has certainly brought an extra quality to training, long may that continue and hopefully he can score some of the goals he scored at the start of the season because, like I said, he was making a huge impact on this club.”
If Diogo can get back into the squad and roughly back into the form he was in before the injury, it would go a long way toward helping this side secure Champions League football next season. Granted, those are all very big ifs.
Regardless, for a season defined by injuries, getting any player back—especially one as talented as Jota—is something to celebrate. This weekend will be too soon for the striker, but hopefully he’ll be seeing a competitive match sooner rather than later.