The sight of Virgil van Dijk and Diogo Jota being back on the training field on Wednesday boosted Liverpool fans.

Diogo Jota is closing in for Liverpool on a return to play, while fellow long-term survivors of injury Virgil van Dijk is also speeding up his recovery.

Since suffering a knee injury in December, Jota has not featured.

It shortened the Portugal international’s excellent start to life at Anfield, who racked up nine goals in 17 appearances since joining Wolves last September.

At the AXA Training Centre on Wednesday, Jota completed a full session with Jurgen Klopp’s first-team squad.

The absence of Van Dijk goes back further after he sustained knee ligament damage during last October’s Merseyside derby at Goodison Park due to a challenge from Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

For Joe Gomez and Joel Matip, lengthy and continuing absences have made this term a center-back problem spot for Klopp, and Jordan Henderson is waiting to find out the extent of an adductor injury having filled in at the heart of the defense manually.

Unlike Jota, the return of Van Dijk is not imminent, but he participated away from his team-mates in an individual outdoor session and seemed to be in good spirits.

Liverpool won four and this season drew three of eight games with Van Dijk in the side,

Liverpool won four and this season drew three of eight games with Van Dijk on the side, including a stunning defeat of 7-2 at Aston Villa.

However, with 14 wins, seven draws, and eight losses amounting to 48.3 percent, the 50 percent win ratio has not been sustained in his absence.


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