Liverpool have provided a new update on Diogo Jota as he returns from a knee injury.
On Wednesday morning, the official account of the Reds released images and footage of the Portuguese forward in his rehabilitation from injury.
He has missed 12 Liverpool games after suffering the blow against Danish champions FC Midtjylland.
The draw in Denmark saw the Reds see their final Champions League fixture end on a sour note.
How Have Liverpool Fared without Jota?
Jota managed 87 minutes at the MCH Arena in Jutland, Liverpool were already through to the knockout stages.
It was a risk, one that didn’t pay off.
Watching the Champions League fixtures play out, especially in the Atalanta defeat, the 24-year-old was being kicked off the park.
Likewise in the ultimate game Jota was injured.
In the time that he was on the treatment table, out of the 12 games he has missed, the Reds have won just four of the 10 league games.
Two of those four came at the end of a horrific January.
Three draws and two defeats spelt somewhat of a crisis at the turn of the year.
A defeat at St Mary’s and Ashley Barnes’ penalty to end the unbeaten home run piled on the misery.
Hindsight is a wonderful thing and it is a matter of if and but in regards to whether he would be able to replicate heroics like what we saw against Sheffield United and West Ham.
What does this mean?
Obviously a return to action is in sight. After eight week out, his return is edging closer.
With the current spell of injuries the Reds are going through, one injury to our attacking line-up will potentially see our system change.
Sadio Mane missed Sunday’s 3-1 win over West Ham, the duration or extent of his injury is yet to be seen.
For example, Mohamed Salah suffering an injury whilst Mane is out will leave Liverpool presents a ominous thought.
No date has yet to be set in terms of Jota’s return.
However, with the difficult run of fixtures ahead, it is a welcome sight for the Champions.
Not only for another addition to our depleted ranks but also a boost for all players and fans alike to have a key player like Diogo Jota back.
There will be no better time to have him back but the form he showed prior to his time out could be pivotal as we embark on our venture for number seven and the title race heats up.