Liverpool have had a magnificent start to the season. The Reds beat a determined Leeds United 4-3, then a week later made two stellar signings and beat a team of supposed title contenders. It is a great time to be a Kopite. Speaking ahead of the Reds’ EFL Cup clash with Lincoln City, Pep Lijnders heaped praise on Diogo Jota, calling him a ‘pressing monster’.
Liverpool sign Jota
Nobody saw Liverpool signing Diogo Jota coming.
The Reds were linked with Thiago for months, it was a saga that lasted throughout the summer.
When the Spaniard signed we were excited but it was somewhat expected.
Then hours later, Liverpool were linked with Diogo Jota and just hours after that the signing was reportedly done and dusted.
A day after Thiago was announced, the club completed the signing of Jota for £41m.
Lijnders on Jota
Paul Joyce at The Times claimed that Pep Lijnders was instrumental in bringing Diogo Jota to Liverpool.
The Dutch coach had extensive knowledge of the forward due to his connections in Portuguese football. Speaking at a pre-match press conference, Pep Lijnders waxed lyrical about Diogo Jota, saying:
“What can I say? His technical level is on the same as our front three. He has so much future in the game and he will have a great pathway inside our club. He’s like a pressing monster, so he will fit in straight away.
“We played against each other when he was very young. In Portugal, they all say what a great signing Liverpool made, because they know exactly how he is and what kind of potential he still has.
“He will fit into our style. We are happy with him, and all the things we heard are true. He is a very professional, passionate, dedicated, brave player.”
What RTK has to say
It is no surprise to hear Pep Lijnders get excited about Diogo Jota, given how big of a part the coach played in his signing.
The use of the words professional, passionate, dedicated and brave sum up just why he signed. He is made for this Liverpool side.
He is a significant upgrade on our current backup front three and we can hope that in the coming years he will develop into a successor to the front line.