If there is any player capable of giving color to a gray Liverpool, it is Diogo Jota. The plague of injuries and poor headline timing has plunged the Reds into one of the worst streaks of the Klopp era.
The painful loss to Everton in the Merseyside derby (0-2) marked Liverpool’s fourth consecutive defeat in the Premier League, definitively relinquishing the title contest. Manchester City, intractable since the beginning of the year, has established itself in the first position of the table, standing 19 points behind the reds.
However, the real objective of the Anfield team is not to fight for the title, but to qualify for the UEFA Champions League. Liverpool are in sixth position in the table and West Ham, which closes the ‘champions’ places, is 5 points after beating Tottenham de Mourinho (2-1) last day.
In such a drastic situation, every Liverpool fan eagerly observes the Anfield infirmary in the hope that medical discharges will follow.. Currently, Joe Gómez, Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip, Naby Keïta and Fabinho, are injured. Three of them are indisputable starters, and the other two have a great weight in the squad.
With Diogo Jota, the reds hope to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Before his fateful knee injury against Midtjylland, the Portuguese had burst into Jürgen Klopp’s side. With 9 goals in 17 games and sensational individual performances such as his hattrick against Atalanta in the UEFA Champions League, the ex of the Wolves came to question the ownership of the trident Salah, Firmino and Mané, unquestionable until then.
Without a doubt, the return of Diogo Jota will be a breath of fresh air in the squad. Outside the two cups and with the impossible Premier, Klopp’s pupils depend on his performance in the Champions League not to end the season disappointingly. We will see if the Portuguese helps them.