Diogo Jota just showed everyone that he’s the dream Liverpool forward. The 23-year-old shone against Leicester City on Sunday.
Diogo Jota is a perfect forward for Liverpool. He proved that beyond any doubt with his performance against Leicester City.
He grabbed a brilliant goal for Liverpool’s second, of course, cutting in from the flank to head home an Andy Robertson cross.
But it was far more than that – Jota showed everyone that he’s exactly what Liverpool needed.
Diogo Jota – dream forward
We wrote last week that Jota could become a ‘4-in-1 player’. By that, we mean he could cover four forward roles.
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He’d already played brilliant as a left-winger, taking over from Sadio Mane. He’d shown he could replace Roberto Firmino as a central striker, too. Jota had even played from the right in a 4-2-4 – a new system for the Reds.
But the Portuguese had yet proven he could fill in for Mohamed Salah on the right in a 4-3-3. That’s a different role to the 4-2-4, after all.
In a front-four, the wingers stay wide. There are two players in the middle, one of whom plays as a direct striker, looking to run in behind. The wingers stretch the play and create as much space as possible for everyone.
But in a 4-3-3, the wingers cut inside. The striker, Firmino, drops and moves about, creating the space for wide players to run into. Could Jota perform that role, too?
Yes. In fact, his goal was a perfect example of exactly that. Firmino vacated the middle, Jota attacked it with a run, and he scored. Perfect.
So we now know Jota can fill four different roles across Liverpool’s front-line. That makes him something of a dream forward, in fact.
Liverpool paid £41m to Wolves for Jota. He could come in as backup, able to cover the usual front-three. But just how well he’s doing that is beyond all expectation.
Not only is Jota backing them up, he’s able to back all of them up. No matter where Jurgen Klopp needs him, Jota can play. And that’s just ideal.
Let alone the fact he’s scoring at an incredible rate and playing wonderfully.
Liverpool couldn’t ask for more from their ‘fourth-choice’. But he’s no longer fourth-choice, really. Jota has quickly become the most versatile option in Klopp’s arsenal.