Diogo Jota was back amongst the goals for the first time since November as Liverpool took down Wolves in a hard-fought 1-0 win at Molineux.
Ironically, Jota’s 10th goal as a Liverpool player came against his former team, whom he enjoyed three successful years with before making the switch to Anfield last summer.
After an 18-match lay-off, Jota was finally back doing what he does best on a night where the result took precedence over the performance.
Despite not quite at their free-flowing best, Liverpool managed to secure a priceless victory, which sees them just five points off the top-four.
Seizing his moment
Jota enjoyed a well-rounded display, too, upon his first return to Molineux since completing a £45 million [BBC] to Liverpool back in September of last year.
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In total, Jota created one chance, had two shots on target and won four of his aerial duels – only Ozan Kabak and Nathaniel Phillips were able to contribute the same.
Indeed, he was the match-winner, too, showcasing that required cutting-edge in front of goal that has been missing of late for Liverpool’s attacking triumvirate, especially in the Premier League.
Jota celebrated his first league win since returning from a knee injury by taking to social media to reflect on what was, by his words, ‘A special game’.
Sadio Mane replied to congratulate his attacking counterpart, who became the third Liverpool player, after Mane and Mohamed Salah to reach double figures this term.
Liverpool won 1-0 and Jota’s goal was the crucial moment. The team defended in a determined fashion and saw out the clean sheet.
It was vital for Jurgen Klopp and his players to head into the international break with something to build on following a barren recent run.
Still, the night ultimately belonged to Jota. There is no question that with the Portuguese forward being up top improves Liverpool.
Klopp now has three proven goal scorers in attack, with Jota providing Liverpool with a more direct style.
We imagine that even upon Roberto Firmino’s return from injury, Jota has done enough to maintain his starting position in the team. His influence certainly has made Liverpool look sharper going forward.