Jurgen Klopp believes Liverpool mad a ‘perfect signing’ in Diogo Jota and he sees four different positions the forward could play. This comes after the 24-year-old scored twice against Southampton.
Diogo Jota put in a game-changing performance against Southampton on Saturday. The 24-year-old scored twice – including the opener – to see out a 4-0 win.
Jota played poacher extraordinaire, scoring his goals from a combined range of about eight yards. He simply knew where to be when the Reds got the ball into the box.
Funnily enough, this wasn’t even a game where everything went Jota’s way. Some moments really went against him and, on another day, he’d have had three or four.
Two was more than enough to confirm an excellent performance, though. We had him down as one of Liverpool’s best players.
Jota had two goals, created a chance for a teammate, won a tackle, pressed like mad and completed three dribbles. It was a great all-around display and that led to some high praise from Jurgen Klopp after the game.
Can Jota play four positions?
“A perfect signing because [Jota] has everything that a Liverpool player in this squad needs,” said Klopp, per Liverpoolfc.com.
“He has the technical skills, he has the physical skills and he is very smart and can learn all the tactical stuff pretty quick.
“On top of that, he can play all three positions; in a 4-2-3-1 he could play as the 10. So, it is very helpful.”
Funnily enough, this is something we said a year ago. Jota’s wonderfully two-footed, meaning he can play on either flank. He’s also a great poacher as a no.9 and has the technical ability to play just off the striker.
That really does make him the perfect signing. In one transfer, Liverpool brought in a player who could completely cover their famed front-three, as well as play alongside them all.
The fact he also delivers elite performances is just incredible. That’s now seven Premier League goals this season for Jota – only one player in the league has more (any guesses?).
The Jota signing really couldn’t have gone better. Liverpool signed a ‘perfect’ player for them, as Klopp says, as well as a simply great one.