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‘In training he looks really promising’ – Klopp excited by Jota as £45m man prepares for Liverpool return

The Portugal international is in line to feature for the first time since December when the Reds visit Sheffield United on Sunday

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Jurgen Klopp says he is excited about the prospect of welcoming Diogo Jota back into his Liverpool squad.

The Portuguese global is in line to show up in just about a quarter of a year when the Reds visit Sheffield United on Sunday, having gotten back to group preparing at Kirkby recently.

Jota has not included since harming knee tendons in the Champions League draw away at FC Midtjylland back in December.

What’s been said?

Speaking at a press conference ahead of this weekend’s Premier League trip to Bramall Lane, Klopp told reporters: “Diogo trained now twice with the team, looks very good.

“He was out long term so we have to see what we can do with that, but in training he looks really promising.

“Yes of course it’s positive, very positive. The way he came back in training is very positive. We just have to make a decision about what makes sense for him, when does it make sense, all that.”

Any other injury news?

Klopp also confirmed that midfield duo Fabinho and James Milner should return to training on Saturday, though it is unlikely that any risks will be taken with regards to their involvement at Sheffield United.

No choice has been made on goalkeeper Alisson Becker, who endured the shocking loss of his dad, Jose, recently.

Jordan Henderson, in the mean time, is relied upon to miss in any event a month and a half subsequent to going through a medical procedure on the crotch injury endured at Everton a weekend ago.

“The best-case scenario, I don’t know to be honest,” Klopp said. “It’s not a quick one but of course we all hope there is still a possibility for him to play a few games this season, but we will see.”

How important is Sunday’s game?

Liverpool know that anything less than a win in South Yorkshire, against the Premier League’s bottom club, could spell the end of their fading top-four hopes.

The reigning champions, who have lost their last four league games and won only two of their last 11, sit sixth in the table at present, five points behind fourth-placed West Ham. They could also be overtaken by both Everton and Aston Villa, should those teams win their games in hand.

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