Liverpool supposedly want their ‘next’ Diogo Jota, according to reports. Here are three players who could fit that specific bill.
James Pearce believes Liverpool won’t look at signing players like Kylian Mbappe or Erling Haaland. Instead, the Reds want the next Diogo Jota.
“That is where Liverpool and their data analysis departments will continue to target,” he told the Reds Agenda Podcast. “Diogo Jota is a good example of that isn’t he?”
So what type of player is that? We’d say it’s someone below the elite level and who has doubts surrounding them. Enough doubts to put off the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea, anyway.
Liverpool have had wonderful success in such a market. There’s Jota, of course, but Sadio Mane, Gini Wijnaldum, Andy Robertson and even Virgil van Dijk fit that bill.
So who could be the next Diogo Jota? Let’s have a look at three potential options.
Well here’s an obvious one. Neto is essentially Jota’s replacement at Wolves, having properly burst into life last season. The young Portuguese winger was electric at times, drawing eyes from all around.
An injury ended any chance of someone snapping up Neto this summer, however. But he remains a player we’d love to see at Anfield. Jurgen Klopp and co. could work absolute wonders.
Let’s stick to the ‘similar’ theme. No, Sarr doesn’t play for Wolves but he does share a history with Jota of sorts.
Sarr certainly fits the bill as a talented player with questions about him. He’s yet to truly shine in the Premier League, for one, but is still only 23. For the right price, he’d be a magnificent addition to Liverpool’s attack.
Okay, so one who finally doesn’t feel like a cop-out. Liverpool supposedly like Bowen, per the Athletic, and he was available for £35m this summer.
Bowen is 24 and showing signs of being a very useful Premier League player. He also gives the impression that he could explode into being a great one.
He fits Liverpool’s bill very well as a hard-working, versatile creative player. If the Reds could get an extra 20% out of him – as they’ve done with Jota – Bowen could end up being an absolute steal.