Diogo Jota heatmap shows why Pep Lijnders calls him a 'pressing machine'
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Diogo Jota heatmap shows why Pep Lijnders calls him a 'pressing machine'

This season, there have been very few bad performers, but one of the best has been Diogo Jota and his two-goal display against Southampton.

The former Wolverhampton Wanderers star has taken to life in Liverpool quite nicely and he is now a key player for the Reds.

Injury hampered his progress a bit last season, but his ability to arrive in the box at the perfect time to score from a Trent Alexander-Arnold or a Mo Salah cross has seen him score several goals.

He has got seven Premier League goals in 12 games and one assist. He also got a goal and an assist in four Champions League games, as per Transfermarkt.

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However, like with any other player in the Liverpool starting XI, he’s not only there to score goals. His defensive contributions go a long way as he puts in an incredible amount of work.

Roberto Firmino is known as Liverpool’s most effective defensive player in the false nine role that he made his own. But Jota is combining his eye for goal with the industry and work rate that Klopp loves from his central forward.

In the summer, assistant coach Pep Lijnders named Jota as Liverpool’s very own ‘pressing monster’ and his heat map from the Southampton game is evidence of his desire to run for the team.

Liverpool paid £45million to sign Jota from Wolves in what came as a bit of a surprise to a lot of fans. However, the Portuguese has been wonderful for the Reds since his move to Merseyside.

Still only 24, Jota has a lot of room to grow. He is already able to get into dangerous positions and finish attacking moves regularly, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him score 20 Premier League goals in a season down the line.

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