It’s fair to assume that the international break is a period where club allegiances are put on the back burner and domestic rivalries are set aside.
This certainly appears to be the case with Portugal, who have an array of Premier League all-stars at the manager’s disposal.
Amongst them are two players, who are currently their respective team’s leading attacking focal point. The dynamic duo comes in the form of Diogo Jota and Bruno Fernandes.
Jota, 24, was up to his usual goalscoring tricks for his country as Portugal survived an early scare during their 3-1 World Cup qualifying win against minnows Luxembourg.
The Liverpool attacker scored the all-important equaliser as Portugal secured their second victory in the space of seven days.
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Fernandes, 26, was watching the match from afar in Manchester, as he served out a suspension.
MaisFutebol report Fernandes did not travelled with his national team to Luxembourg. He has reportedly been ‘dismissed’ by the coaching staff and has flown back to Manchester.
Still, despite missing out, Fernandes was dishing out support for his teammates on social media – and he had a message for his teammate and Premier League counterpart, Jota.
It was Jota’s goal that canceled out the host’s early advantage, before Cristiano Ronaldo and Joao Palhinha secured victory.
This is excellent news for Liverpool, who await arguably a defining week in their season with upcoming matches against Arsenal and Real Madrid.
Jota is undoubtedly Liverpool’s man of the hour and their leading light in front of goal. He has four goals in his previous three starts for both club and country.
It’s fair to assume, then, that Jota, who earns £90,000-a-week, per Spotrac, is returning to Merseyside at the perfect time.
All of this, of course, bodes well for Jurgen Klopp as he finally has his summer signing back in form and hitting his stride during the crucial last few months of the campaign.
In terms of sending an early warning, Jota’s message couldn’t be any louder nor clearer. He means business and that should strike fear into the hearts of Liverpool’s upcoming opponents.