Diogo Jota is expected to resume full training with Liverpool this week after over two months out with a knee injury.
The Portugal international was in potent form for Jürgen Klopp’s team before suffering the injury in the Champions League dead-rubber against FC Midtjylland on 9 December. His absence has been sorely felt with Liverpool struggling for goals and facing a fight to finish in the top four following Saturday’s derby defeat by Everton, their fourth home league defeat in succession.
Jota, who had scored nine goals in 17 appearances for Liverpool following his £41m arrival from Wolves, hopes to receive the all-clear to rejoin team training on Wednesday. The trip to Sheffield United on Sunday may come too soon for the 24-year-old’s comeback, although he could be in contention for the home game against Chelsea on 4 March.
Liverpool are waiting to discover the full extent of the groin injury that forced Jordan Henderson off against Everton but fear the captain faces an extended spell on the sidelines.
The Premier League champions, meanwhile, are also waiting to discover where the Champions League last 16 second leg tie against RB Leipzig will be held. Anfield appears unlikely due to the quarantine restrictions that would impact the German club and, while venues in Holland and Belgium are under consideration, a return to Budapest, where Liverpool won the first leg 2-0 last week, remains a possibility.
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