There’s no doubt that Diogo Jota is going to improve even further. That’s despite a fantastic start for the Portuguese winger at Liverpool.
Diogo Jota had only his second Premier League start for Liverpool on Saturday and his first at Anfield. The last start didn’t go so well, of course, as the Reds suffered a 7-2 defeat against Aston Villa.
This one went better. Jota scored the winner, in fact, with a fantastic header from a Sadio Mane cross. It capped a great performance from Jota, whose running and movement always looked like creating problems for Sheffield United.
Few would have seen his goal coming from a header, though. But Jota showed just how many strings he has to his bow – the 23-year-old looks more and more like a complete forward.
And that’s the truly exciting thing here. Every passing game shows more and more to Jota’s game. He’s a player who will keep on improving – there’s no doubt about that.
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Jurgen Klopp likes to wait with his new players. Fabinho, Andy Robertson and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all had to wait months before playing regularly.
Takumi Minamino, who arrived in January, is still waiting for a proper run in the team.
And that’s all because this is a difficult team to get up to speed with. Liverpool play high-pressing, high-energy football that involves a lot of movement and covering for one another. You can’t just slot in and play perfectly.
In fact, this is the toughest time to come into a Liverpool side. They’ve perfected their methods over the past two years, after all, playing to the highest level. It isn’t easy to force your way into that – just ask Minamino.
So the fact that Klopp is already using Jota from the start is a huge sign of the faith in him. And at the same time, there’s absolutely no chance that he’s fully up to speed so soon after his £41m arrival.
There is more to come from the Portuguese winger. Once he’s integrated with the regular team, Jota will improve further, just as every new signing has. And given his fast start, that suggests he can become a very special player at Liverpool.