Diogo Jota put in a fine performance against Burnley on Saturday. He proved Liverpool coach Pep Lijnders absolutely right.
Diogo Jota set Liverpool on their way to a 2-0 win over Burnley. The Portuguese forward headed from a Kostas Tsimikas cross in the first half that, in the end, proved enough to win the game.
It’s Jota’s second goal in two games to start the Premier League season. It’s particularly notable as he’s playing in a centre-forward role, rather than out wide.
A lot of Jota’s strength does come from his ability to switch onto the wings well – as we saw for the second goal. Sadio Mane swapped with his teammate to find space inside before firing home.
But goalscoring and movement are just two strengths of Jota’s as a forward. His other – and arguably greatest – is pressing.
Jota was a ‘pressing monster’ vs Burnley
We know that Liverpool’s coaching staff love Jota’s pressing. Pep Lijnders has labelled him a ‘pressing monster’ in the past.
There’s no doubt that his pressing is something to behold, though. The performance against Burnley showcased that.
Jota won four tackles in the game at Anfield. That was the most of any Liverpool player and joint-most of anyone on the pitch. It really highlights just how impactful the 24-year-old can be even without the ball.
Not that Jota was any less impactful with it – there was his goal, of course, as well as two created chances and a ridiculously good 95% pass completion rate. This was a complete performance.
And as Jurgen Klopp continues to pick between Jota and Roberto Firmino upfront, this was a reminder of what the former can bring. At his best, he’s a complete forward who can hurt teams every which way.
Jota is a monster.