In a training session, Diogo Jota exhibited his prowess by outshining his Liverpool teammate Luis Diaz in a shooting challenge.
Following a disappointing 22/23 season that led to their failure to secure a spot in the Champions League, Liverpool is eager for a significant resurgence in the upcoming season.
As the 23/24 campaign rapidly approaches, Liverpool’s dynamic duo, Jota and Diaz, engaged in a shooting drill to hone their skills. The footage capturing this training activity can be viewed below.
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In the showcased footage, Jota emerged as the victor over Diaz, finding the net twice compared to Diaz’s single successful attempt.
Both Jota and Diaz encountered significant setbacks during the previous season due to injuries they sustained.
Jota’s participation was limited, totaling 28 appearances across the Premier League and Champions League, during which he contributed seven goals and eight assists.
On the other hand, Diaz’s season was marked by a substantial knee injury, leading to a reduced impact with five goals and three assists in 21 matches across various competitions.
Back in May, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp spoke about the absences of both Jota and Diaz last season.
He said: “The thing is, he was out after he got the injury in the Arsenal game, and came back when we were in a training camp during the World Cup in Dubai, so we all thought, ‘Finally back.’
“He trained exceptional, absolutely exceptional, and he slipped only a little bit on the grass, felt something, kept going on, everything is fine. After training, ‘Yeah, I feel a little bit. Let’s see.’ Another scan, out for another three months or whatever. Horrible, absolutely horrible.
“He’s so football smart, moving in the right areas, naturally defending from his position, goal threat, speed, cheeky. Very, very special player, I have to say. We missed him a lot.”
Klopp continued: “We missed Diogo Jota as well – everybody realised when he came back how good he is. The other boys have to create in a lot of moments – we didn’t create a lot or not enough, or not clear enough.”
Liverpool will begin their 23/24 Premier League campaign on Sunday when they take on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.