Lijnders love for Jota makes him a guaranteed star going forward

Pep Lijnders has been waxing lyrical about Liverpool forward Diogo Jota once again, which leads us to believe that he could be the club’s main man very soon.

Jota has been something of a revelation since he was signed from Wolves last summer.

He scored 13 goals in 28 games in all competitions during his first season at Anfield.

Assistant manager Lijnders had a big role to play in his signing a year ago.

And everything he has said about the Portuguese since then has been very complimentary.

Speaking to Liverpoolfc.com on Saturday, he said: “It’s great Diogo has joined us because you see immediately the speed he has and, at the same time, so much control over his body and the ball.

“It’s frightening. He gives our front line a lot of direction and energy.

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“Diogo is vertical, a second striker in the box, a pure Liverpool winger. He smells the goal, is technically on a high level.

“He defends on a high level.”

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At the moment, Lijnders is Jurgen Klopp’s most trusted lieutenant. It is clear that he has a great brain for the game.

As long as he is at the club, Diogo Jota will be a key player.

Every time he speaks about him, it is in glowing terms.

It seems obvious that Jota will be the next star forward at the club.

He is the exact type of player that Liverpool love. Someone that was relatively highly rated, but few saw him as a world-class talent.

However, it is now clear that that is the path that he is on.

Lijnders’ coaching will ensure that he stays on it.

The Dutchman will always argue that he should have a place in the side, as he really is the full package.

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