Liverpool had a typically impressive transfer window this summer. The Reds brought in a Spanish superstar and a Portuguese prodigy. One of these signings has been injured for most of the season whilst the other has been a shining light. Speaking ahead of the Reds’ tie with Ajax, Pep Lijnders was raving over Diogo Jota.
Liverpool sign Diogo Jota
The summer signing of Thiago was predictable to an extent.
The Reds had been linked with the Spaniard for weeks before he signed.
However, Liverpool signing Diogo Jota caught everybody off guard.
The Portuguese star hadn’t been linked with the club once before the wheels were set in motion.
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It felt as though links between the two parties went from rumours to a done deal in a matter of hours, the Portuguese star was announced the day after Thiago.
Pep Lijnders on Diogo Jota
Ahead of Liverpool’s tie with Ajax, Pep Lijnders was raving over Diogo Jota in the matchday programme.
The Dutch coach was determined to bring the ex-Wolves man to the club and his determination has reaped rewards. Lijnders wrote:
“Diogo comes from a good tactical culture that makes it more easy, but we can never forget that it still takes time for the body to adapt.
“That’s why we are careful – he is adapting to a new style and new ideas. But first and foremost, if you come into a great team, things become easier most of the time.
“He has these natural abilities that were already very important to our game idea. This is what made us want him so much.
“When a new player comes, it’s always how the player adapts to the team, its mentality, and how the team understands the player. But you can see that he has fire in each vein when he plays, so the adaptation process has been very natural.”
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Pep Lijnders can point to Diogo Jota as a great achievement of his.
All the reports were that the assistant coach was a massive backer of signing the forward.
The coach’s persistence paid off in abundance, Jota has proved an inspired signing.
Hopefully in future we’ll see him continue to grow and we’ll see Pep Lijnders step into Jürgen Klopp’s shoes.