James Pearce offers return dates for Jota, Diaz, Keita & Matip

Liverpool’s misfortunes this season cannot be put down to one single factor, although there is also no denying that injuries have played a part in the turbulent start to the 2022/23 campaign.

Diogo Jota and other big names have been big misses for Jurgen Klopp’s men and it looks like fans will be forced to wait a bit longer for the Portuguese international’s return, possibly another two months or so, according to James Pearce.

“There are plenty of reasons why Jurgen Klopp believes Liverpool will be a different proposition in the second half of the season,” the reporter wrote for The Athletic.

“With just seven members of their team at the World Cup, many of the club’s stars will have a three-week break ahead of next month’s winter training camp in Dubai.

Lots of rest and then Klopp’s “second preseason”. By then, Luis Diaz, Joel Matip and Naby Keita should be in top form and eager to get started. Diogo Jota will continue at the end of January or February”.

The Merseysiders have been buoyed by Darwin Nunez finding his feet in recent weeks with a move to the left flank, which allowed Mo Salah to thrive more in the centre, seemingly bringing out the best of his abilities.

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Where that leaves our electric full-back Luis Diaz once he’s back in training is a question that could leave Jurgen Klopp spending long nights on a tactics board.

Still, it will be a welcome challenge after limited options forced us to experiment with a number of formations in a bid to rediscover some consistency ahead of the World Cup.

Having options available once again, provided another injury crisis doesn’t arise in late December, will be a boon to this team and its chances of squirming into the top four.

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