Liverpool left-back Andy Robertson says that forward Diogo Jota’s return to training has “brought a smile to everyone’s face”.
Jota worked alongside his team-mates this week for the first time since early December following injury.
The Portugal international picked up a nasty knee problem and has had to watch Liverpool’s slide down the table since his exit from the sidelines.
However, his return comes at a critical time for the club, not only amid on-field issues. Following last week’s dismal defeat to Everton, goalkeeper Alisson Becker lost his father in a swimming accident in Brazil.
“In a really tough week for a few reasons, of course, seeing Diogo back on the pitch brought a smile to everyone’s face,” Robertson told liverpoolfc.com.
“He was flying up until his injury, he really made an impact coming into the team, a new signing hitting the ground running with goals, assists and the way he was going about his business.
“So, great to have him back. He has obviously been out for a long period of time, he’s looking really good in training, looking sharp. So, I’m sure he’s looking to make up for lost time.
“It’s good to have that option, great to have him back and it’ll be good to have him back involved in the squad.
“He has certainly brought an extra quality to training, long may that continue and hopefully he can score some of the goals he scored at the start of the season because, like I said, he was making a huge impact on this club.”
Jota scored nine goals in his first 17 games for Liverpool, including a Champions League hat-trick against Atalanta.
What’s more, he netted the winning goals in victories over West Ham and Sheffield United, who are the Reds’ opponents on Sunday.
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Liverpool had to come from behind at Anfield against the Blades in October and only won at Bramall Lane last season thanks to an error from goalkeeper Dean Henderson.
“It’s one of the toughest games of the season and irrelevant of our form or their form at the minute, it’s going to be a battle,” Robertson said.
“We know what we expect from Sheffield United but it’s about trying to match that and about trying to then overcome that, which we did so well last season in the two games.”