Liverpool have been praised for their shrewd transfer business in recent years. The Reds have been buying low and selling high, assembling a world beating team for a miniscule net spend. Michael Edwards had another strong window this summer, bringing in a backup left back and an elite midfielder. One signing who surprised us all has impressed during the international break. There is one particularly important factor in the Diogo Jota performance for Portugal which bodes well for Liverpool.
Liverpool sign Jota
The Reds completed the signing of Thiago Alcantara after a well documented pursuit throughout the summer.
We could somewhat anticipate the Thiago signing, the move that followed we could not.
Hours after the move for Thiago was completed we were rumoured to have signed Diogo Jota for £41m.
A day later the Portuguese star was announced and he was strolling up to the camera with his best Scouse accent.
Diogo Jota shines for Portugal
Liverpool’s new signing Diogo Jota had a night to remember for Portugal this week.
The 23-year-old scored two and assisted one in the 3-0 demolition of Sweden.
In the first half he found Bernardo Silva in the box to open the scoring. Just before halftime Jota bagged one himself after perfectly bringing down a long ball into the area.
The forward’s second goal was his best, getting behind the defence and cutting inside before rifling past a helpless keeper.
Jota steps in for Ronaldo
The fact that Diogo Jota shone for Portugal whilst stepping in for Cristiano Ronaldo bodes well for Liverpool.
The legendary forward was ruled out of the game after testing positive for COVID-19.
This left Jota starting on the left hand side in his place and the 23-year-old took his opportunity with both hands.
Given that our new signing will be expected to step into the front line as and when cover is needed, it is encouraging to see that he doesn’t feel the pressure of standing in for a superstar and if anything he is motivated by it.