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Diogo Jota of Liverpool. (Photo by Jon Super - Pool/Getty Images)

Diogo Jota of Liverpool. (Photo by Jon Super - Pool/Getty Images)

Diogo Jota of Liverpool. (Photo by Jon Super - Pool/Getty Images)

Liverpool look set to be handed a welcome boost after it sources close to the club suggested Diogo Jota is on course to achieve his aim of a return to action in time for next week's Champions League game against RB Leipzig.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp suggested Jota may still be "two, three or four weeks" away from a return to action when quizzed by reporters last week, but it appears he is now ready to step up his training at the club's AXA Training Centre.

Jota has not played since sustaining a knee injury in last December's Champions League tie against FC Midtjylland, when Liverpool manager Klopp opted to play the Portuguese striker even though his side were already through to the next round.

That decision backfired as Jota picked up a serious knee problem, but it is understood he has been working towards a return date that will coincide with Liverpool's next Champions League tie against Leipzig next week.

Jota will resume first team training this week and could be on the bench for Saturday's Premier League game at Leicester unless he has a setback.

With Liverpool's forward line looking short of confidence in recent weeks, Jota's return could give Klopp's side an injection of confidence as they target the Champions League in a bid to save their faltering season.

Paddy Power's Champions League odds:

Bayern Munich 11/4

Man City 7/2

Liverpool 13/2

Paris Saint-German 11/1

Juventus 12/1

Atletico Madrid 14/1

Real Madrid 16/1

Chelsea 17/1

Barcelona 20/1

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