Diogo Jota says he’s playing with two ‘world-class’ players right now. He’s completely right – as is he when he says there’s even more to come.
Liverpool’s forwards are shining at the moment, scoring goals with absolute ease. Even against the tightest defence in the Premier League, the Reds found a way to score twice and could have had more.
Since returning from the last international break, Liverpool have scored 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 5, and 2. That’s quite phenomenal.
Now, obviously, the entire team is responsible for that but particular praise has to go to the forwards. The quartet of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino have 20 goals across the Premier League and Champions League this season.
But we can leave Firmino to one side for the moment. The Brazilian only has one start under his belt this season – Salah, Mane & Jota have been the go-to trio.
And according to the latter, there’s even more to come.
Jota says there’s more to come from ‘world-class’ trio
“They are world-class players and I am very happy to be able to play with them and to get results with them,” said Jota, per the Liverpool Echo.
“I feel like we are still developing our connections on the field and I think we can improve on that but that obviously develops with game-time and facing different opponents together.”
It’s a bold statement, given the trio have had remarkable success this season. But we think he’s absolutely right.
As we recently wrote, Jota doesn’t actually mesh with Salah and Mane all that well. Everyone sees a lot less of the ball than with Firmino there, given the Portuguese no.20 isn’t as good at dropping back.
Now, on the one hand, that’s an argument for bringing Firmino back into the fold. Liverpool would gain more control over games and see more of the ball in attacking areas.
But on the other hand, it means there’s still lots of room for growth with Jota there. Jota is a wonderful pressing forward and a brilliant goalscorer. He has some ways to go as a link-man, though, and needs to learn how to drop and receive the ball between the lines as Firmino does.
The fact that Jurgen Klopp keeps playing him there suggests Liverpool see the potential for him to do just that. Expect to see that more over the coming weeks, then.
Because if Jota really does evolve into more of a Firmino-type forward, this triple-threat up top could hit yet another level.