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Liverpool: Klopp may have Luis Diaz back fit shortly

Liverpool have received a major post World Cup injury boost regarding one of their key players…

What’s the news?

According to James Pearce of The Athletic, Luis Diaz is now in a position to resume team training at Liverpool’s base in Dubai.

The winger hasn’t played since suffering a knee injury against Arsenal in October and Jurgen Klopp will be hoping he can take part in the two friendly matches the Anfield side are taking part in, playing Lyon on December 11 and AC Milan on December 16.

The hope is if he manages some minutes in those matches, a return to action against Manchester City in the Carabao Cup just before Christmas might be possible.

Superb news for Klopp

This news will be a major boost for the German, especially with his side struggling up until Christmas in the Premier League, winning just six games to occupy sixth spot in the league table.

Diaz has been a revelation since arriving on Merseyside following a January move from FC Porto. He settled into the team with ease, registering 11 goal contributions from 26 matches as he helped the club secure a League and FA Cup double, narrowly missing out on a famous quadruple.

The 25-year-old carried this form into the current campaign, scoring three goals and grabbing two assists in just eight league matches before suffering the injury in the defeat to Arsenal, and Klopp has missed him ever since.

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Liverpool have scored just eight league goals during Diaz’s absence and are arguably missing his goalscoring threat from the left wing, with Klopp utilising Darwin Nunez as a winger on occasion in his place.

Compared to positional peers in the big five European leagues, Diaz ranks in the top 10% for dribbles completed (2.64 per match), touches in the attacking penalty area (6.57), and total shots (3.27) proving that he is one of the finest on the continent when fit and firing.

The team have badly missed his ability and heading into the second half of the season, Klopp will need him at his very best to push his side further up the table. His return is undoubtedly superb news for everyone at Anfield.