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'Not even VAR can stop him'; Garth Crooks hails Diogo Jota

Garth Crooks hailed Diogo Jota this week and included the Liverpool star in his BBC Team of the Week. The Portuguese forward bagged again at the weekend.

Garth Crooks likes what Diogo Jota is doing these days. He named the £41m Liverpool man in his BBC Team of the Week after his goal against Brighton.

It sounds like it was more of an inclusion on form, however.

“Liverpool have recently signed Diogo Jota and everything he touches at the moment seems to turn to goals – and not even VAR can stop him,” he wrote in his BBC column.

The comments come after Crooks went on a lengthy anti-VAR rant, hence the final comment. The pundit supports Jordan Henderson in his belief that technology has a limited place.

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“Even Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has joined the chorus demanding the technology has only a limited role to play in the modern game,” he wrote. “I wish there were a few more like him. It’s about time the players found their voice on this issue.”

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We agree all around, really. VAR is not winning any hearts around Anfield, certainly, while who doesn’t love Jota?

And we’ll focus on Jota here.

Crooks is right in that the 23-year-old’s biggest strength right now is that everything he does seems to work out. He’s scoring all types of goals, from several different positions, and absolutely thriving.

Jota has nine goals already this season, with eight of those coming in his last eight games. It’s an extraordinary run and the real question will be how long he can keep it up.

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Such form won’t last forever, after all – it has to dip at some point.

Right now, however, Jota is a wave Liverpool simply must ride as they deal with an injury crisis.

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