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Liverpool: Jota hopes for more playing time after “strange” calf injury

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The Reds forward has stayed out of action for the past four months.

Diogo Jota hopes to regain his best form at Liverpool after returning from a calf injury.

Jota had to stay sidelined for four months after picking up a knock against Manchester City earlier this season. But Klopp decided to give him 20 minutes upon his return to the pitch against Manchester United.

“I just need to get my certainty back and I think that will come with more minutes,” Jota said (via Liverpool Echo). “Hopefully, I can help with the team with goals and assists. The next game is another opportunity.”

Jota’s injury provided more playing time for Darwin Nunez, who seems to have found his rhythm at Anfield in recent weeks. The Uruguayan star scored twice before Klopp replaced him with Jota in Liverpool’s 7-0 win over Man Utd on Sunday. 

Asked about his rehab process, Jota said: “I had a strange calf injury. They said to me they haven’t seen it before, most of the people, so we needed to ask for the help of some specialists as well to try and get over it and of course to give it a little bit more time.”

Liverpool will take on Bournemouth in their next league game on Saturday. The Reds will then travel to Madrid for a Champions League clash four days later.