Diogo Jota is in the form of his life and it proves Liverpool performed a minor miracle last season. The Reds were missing out, it seems.
Diogo Jota is in form to say the least. He’s bagged six goals in his last four games and hasn’t actually completed a full 90 minutes in any of them.
His performance against Atalanta was a sensational example of elite finishing. Jota was just a constant threat, no matter what he tried, and scored three fantastic goals.
It highlights what Liverpool didn’t have last season, honestly. Jota’s £41m signing was to address the lack of competition behind the usual front-three.
And when you consider that, Liverpool performed a minor miracle last season.
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Liverpool had Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane leading the line in 19/20. It was a front line that delivered the Premier League title, too – not really a big surprise, given the quality.
But it is a surprise when you see that Divock Origi was the backup to all three. The Belgian had a very poor campaign, starting just seven Premier League games and scoring four. Only one goal came in 2020, in fact.
Liverpool were heavily reliant on their front-three, then. But it’s not as though they had standout seasons. Firmino, for instance, scored one goal at Anfield all season – and that was in the last home game.
That kind of form has seen him immediately replaced with Jota in this campaign. Liverpool didn’t really have that luxury last season, though, and persisted with the Brazilian all season despite his lack of goals.
Liverpool had a distinct lack of options at their disposal, then, yet stormed to the title. Compare that to Manchester City in 18/19.
City had two strikers and four wingers to pick from, all of which scored at least seven Premier League goals. That’s quite the difference, then. When Pep Guardiola had a struggling player, there was invariably someone who could step up in their place.
Jurgen Klopp didn’t have that luxury last season and he’s seeing the benefits of it with Jota right now. Still, the boss performed a minor miracle last season.