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Liverpool: Alisson and Jota hand Reds huge boosts ahead of Chelsea clash

Liverpool have been handed two significant boosts as they prepare to take on Chelsea in the Premier League on Thursday evening.

Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that both Alisson and Diogo Jota are back in training and that both will be included in the squad to take on the Blues in a crunch game in the race for a Champions League spot next season.

The Brazilian goalkeeper missed out on the recent win against Sheffield United as he was on compassionate leave following the unexpected death of his father.

Meanwhile, Jota has been out of contention since mid-December having suffered a knee injury. He has missed the last 15 Premier League matches.

News of the duo’s return is a timely boost for Klopp and the Reds as they attempt to recover their season after an underwhelming title defence.

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The reigning champions have lost four out of their last six league games and face off with Chelsea in what is sure to be a crucial game in the race for the top four.

First-choice goalkeeper Alisson will displace Adrian in Liverpool goal, despite the former Roma man having not had the best season between the sticks up to this point.

So far throughout 2020/21, he has made three errors directly leading to a goal. However, he has 39 clean sheets in just 88 Premier League appearances so will be hoping to continue that record against Chelsea.

Meanwhile, the return of Jota also signals the availability of one of Liverpool’s surprise stars of the campaign.

After joining from Wolverhampton Wanderers in the summer, he had an electric start to life at Anfield, scoring nine goals in his first 17 appearances in all competitions.

His injury had kept him on the sidelines for an extended period, with illness then preventing him from making a long-awaited comeback at Bramall Lane at the weekend.

It remains to be seen whether he will be fit enough to start but even named on the bench, he provides Klopp with another excellent option to turn to against Chelsea and the German manager will be delighted to have the two stars available for such a huge game.

AND in other news, Liverpool have been linked to Real Madrid centre-back Raphael Varane, and it’s an opportunity they simply cannot afford to miss.

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