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Klopp receives timely injury boost ahead of Liverpool’s crucial title run-in

Liverpool forward Diogo Jota has been pictured at the club's AXA Training Centre as he steps up his recovery from a knee injury.

The Portuguese international made the £41m move from Wolves at the beginning of the season and got off to an excellent start, scoring nine goals in 17 appearances in all competitions.

He then suffered a knee injury in Liverpool's 1-1 draw with FC Midtjylland in the Champions League at the beginning of December and he has been out of action since.

However, Jota looks to be well on his way to full fitness and it is hoped that he will be back before the end of the month.


In their latest update, Liverpool have said that Jota is "making good progress" and that he "undertook some gym work before taking to the outdoor pitches for some running drills."

Ahead of the game against Burnley last month, Jurgen Klopp said: "Diogo is a few weeks away. Will not be next one or two. He needs time. How much I miss him is not important. I am not allowed to miss him. He is not there and we deal with it."


Jota's return would be a welcome boost for Liverpool if he can feature in any of their February games, with the Reds facing a crucial run of matches.

Following their trip to Brighton on Wednesday evening, Liverpool's next four fixtures see them take on top of the table Manchester City, high-flying Leicester City, RB Leipzig in the Champions League and rivals Everton in the Merseyside derby.


The Reds made two new additions on transfer deadline day, bringing in defenders Ben Davies and Ozan Kabak from Preston North End and Schalke respectively.

Both players could have a key role in the remainder of Liverpool's season, with Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip all expected to be out of action for the remainder of the campaign.

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