Diogo Jota has received good news on two fronts, with the latest on his recovery from a hamstring injury and talks about his future.
It was not a positive pre-season for Jota, who failed to play a single minute over the six friendlies after returning from Portugal duty with a hamstring problem.
The 25-year-old experienced a recurrence of the problem during training and was forced to miss matches against Manchester United, Crystal Palace, RB Leipzig, Salzburg, Manchester City, and Strasbourg.
With injuries rife throughout Jurgen Klopp’s squad ranks, his absence was one of the reasons why a side that would have qualified for an under-21s tie lined up at Anfield for the final warmup game against Strasbourg on Sunday.
However, there is good news regarding Jota’s recovery, with the Telegraph’s Chris Bascombe reporting that he is set to return to training soon.
The Mail’s Dominic King revealed on Twitter that the striker is expected to return “within two weeks.”
He is certain to miss the Premier League opener at Fulham on Saturday, and unfortunately is also due to miss the behind-closed-doors friendly the following day.
Instead, it seems likely that Jota may not see action until next month, having effectively missed the entirety of pre-season and finding himself catching up on fitness.
It is questionable whether he would have been a first-choice starter even if fit, of course, with Darwin Nunez making a strong impact during pre-season.
However, there is still faith in Jota’s long-term future at Liverpool, with Bascombe adding that “contract talks are to be stepped up” with the No. 20, who is set to receive a “significant salary increase.”
According to King, “talks with his advisors have been progressing for some time,” and club officials “believe they will tie him down to a long-term deal.”
Jota signed a five-year contract with the club in 2020 after joining for £45 million from Wolves, but he is being rewarded for exceeding his targets after scoring 34 goals in 85 games.
He will not be the first Liverpool player to extend his contract this summer, as James Milner, Mohamed Salah, and Joe Gomez have all done so.
Negotiations with the agents of Naby Keita and Harvey Elliott are ongoing, and a decision on the future of Roberto Firmino, whose contract expires in 2023, will be made.