In 17 appearances, the Portugal international scored nine goals – becoming the club’s third player to score a hat-trick away from home in the Champions League – before his progress was restricted by a knee problem.
The injury, suffered at the beginning of December in the game against Midtjylland, initially put the 24-year-old out of action for two months, but he is making good progress and could return before the end of January. “It’s going well, but knee injuries are always complicated, so we can’t rush things, but I’m fine and I’ll be back on the pitch as soon as possible,” he said. Diogo Jota hopes to recover from his knee injury and make a major impact when he is fit again (Laurence Griffiths/PA). “It’s going well, but knee injuries are always complicated, so we can’t rush things, but I’m fine and I’ll be back on the pitch as soon as possible,” he said. When I’m fit, I know I’m going to do my best in every training session and give myself a chance to play every day. “They have always said in Portugal that the hardest thing is not to arrive, but to stay there. View this post on InstagramA post shared by Diogo Jota (@diogoj 18) “That’s my dream, of course. Now that I’ve made the move to Liverpool, I want to have a major impact on this club, and that’s what my goal is. In his first four appearances at home, he became the first Liverpool player to score and also effortlessly slotted into the proven back three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane, leading manager Jürgen Klopp to trust him to play alongside the trio in November’s 1-1 draw with Manchester City. The Portuguese believes that when he is fit he will take up the role again: “When I came here, my goal was to settle into the team and know what we have to do on the field,” he said in an interview with the matchday program in Liverpool. After that, the goal is to do your best to take the opportunities that come your way, and that’s all I’ve ever tried to do. Klopp could certainly use the versatility of the striker to refresh a forward line that looked a little tired in Newcastle’s goalless draw. Xherdan Shaqiri may be one of the options of Jurgen Klopp as he tries to refresh his forward line (Peter Powell/PA) instead, he will have to make up his forward line.