Liverpool have done a sterling job in the transfer market this year. The Reds brought in Takumi Minamino for a snip in January and then over the summer they signed Kostas Tsimikas, Thiago Alcantara and Diogo Jota. The Reds have been addressing key problem areas with surgical precision. In an exclusive interview with Rousing the Kop, Reds’ icon Emile Heskey said he believes Diogo Jota will help get the best out of Sadio Mane.
Liverpool sign Jota
There was talk all summer about the Reds signing a backup wide forward.
The arrival of Takumi Minamino provided some cover for Roberto Firmino but there was still no recognised wide man to add some quality backup to Sadio Mane.
Ismaila Sarr was touted as the heir apparent with reports linking the Reds with a move persisting throughout the summer. Then out of nowhere Liverpool signed Diogo Jota.
The Reds bagged the Portuguese forward from Wolves in a £41m deal.
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Emile Heskey on Jota and Mane
Liverpool icon Emile Heskey believes that Diogo Jota can help get the best out of Sadio Mane.
In an exclusive interview with Rousing the Kop, we asked the ex-Anfield forward whether Jota being able to give Mane a rest would benefit the Senegalese forward:
“I think so. I think this is where Jürgen has done really well with adding to the squad and adding key players and decent players into the squad.
“He can play a bit of a rotation. Sadio can sit out, Mo can sit out, Firmino can sit out at some stage and just rotate it. They’re all getting game time but they’re all getting rest when they need it.
“It’s tough to play, especially with the system that they play, the high press that they play, it’s tough to play midweek-weekend, midweek-weekend.”
What RTK has to say
We have to agree with the hitman here. Nobody can accuse this Reds side of being unfit but they are most certainly human.
Most of these players have played nearly every game for a few years now, they very rarely succumb to injury.
Being able to rotate them in and out of the squad to keep them fresh for important games could prove crucial going forward.
Sadio Mane might have a good game at the weekend and then a decent one in the Champions League midweek. We can now instead start Diogo Jota at the weekend instead and get a 10/10 performance from a fighting fit Mane in Europe.