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Liverpool's Diogo Jota (left) has made an
instant impact for the champions. Photo: Laurence Griffiths/PA Wire.

Liverpool's Diogo Jota (left) has made an instant impact for the champions. Photo: Laurence Griffiths/PA Wire.

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Liverpool's Diogo Jota (left) has made an instant impact for the champions. Photo: Laurence Griffiths/PA Wire.

Diogo Jota is set to replace Sadio Mane who is now self- isolating after being diagnosed with coronavirus.

He scored in a ten-minute debut appearance in Liverpool's 3-1 Premier League win over Arsenal at Anfield last Monday.

And Reds boss Jurgen Klopp believes his £41m-signing from Wolves has the same technical abilities as the Fab Three of Mane, Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino.

Klopp's No 2 Pep Lijnders has declared the 23-year-old to be a "pressing monster".

Against Aston Villa, the attacker has the chance to live up to that billing while Mane recovers at home.

The Senegalese star, of course, will remain an automatic choice for his manager once he recovers - and that should be in time for the Merseyside derby on October 17.

Stronger

Mane, who has joined Thiago Alcantara on Anfield's Covid sick list, posted on Instagram: "I am feeling good and not showing heavy symptoms.

"I will be back stronger than before! We will get through this together #"

Yet, there are lingering concerns within Anfield the 28-year-old could be tempted to leave next summer.

It is now over a year since he was offered a new £220,000-a-week contract to extend his current deal by two years until 2025.

Any paperwork remains unsigned, and he was linked with Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid this summer - options he chose to ignore, for this campaign at least.

Yet, were he to decide to head out - with a £120m price tag on his head for one last mega pay-day - Jota would be there as an insurance policy, just as he will at Villa Park today.

Klopp is also likely to again be without skipper Jordan Henderson, who will complete his return to fitness with England over the next ten days.

That means Gini Wijnaldum - himself yet to sign a new deal - will face Dean Smith's side. He believes Liverpool have coped well with a combination of illness, injury and a hectic schedule.

"The circumstances we had to deal with were difficult, but we still did well," the Dutchman declared.

"That also make me proud, because we were in a situation where we could find excuses - but we didn't."