Report: Liverpool to give their £45m star a big pay-rise just two years after he signed for them
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Report: Liverpool to give their £45m star a big pay-rise just two years after he signed for them

Liverpool are set to hand Diogo Jota a new contract which would put him in a higher wage bracket at Anfield.

That’s according to Goal, who claim that the pay-rise for the Liverpool star will be ‘significant.’

Jota has been a revelation since his move from Wolves in 2020. The new deal on offer from Liverpool will reportedly reflect his development in the last two years.

As well as Jota, Joe Gomez is widely reported to be close to signing. Meanwhile, Liverpool are said to remain ‘keen’ on tying Keita down as he enters the final year of his current agreement.

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A different player to the one that arrived

Few could argue that Jota doesn’t deserve a little bit of a bump. With Sadio Mane having left the club, he is now the third most senior of Jurgen Klopp’s attacking quintet.

He is also of significantly higher stock than when he arrived in summer 2020.

Back then, he was looked upon as a potential gamble at £45m. The then 23-year-old had done well for Wolves, but perhaps hadn’t done enough to be seen as a genuinely top class option for a title-challenging team.

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Jota soon put those kind of assumptions to bed. Had he not picked up a damaging injury in December, the Portugal international would probably have smashed the 20-goal mark. Instead, he finished the season with 13 in 30 games.

Jota ready for the next chapter

Not wanting to be seen as a flash in the pan, Jota upped his game further in 2021/22. He started the season like a house on fire, firing his way into Klopp’s first-choice front three.

Unfortunately, injury bit again. This time Jota picked up a knock against Inter Milan in February and didn’t look the same player upon his return.

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He still managed 21 goals in 55 games across all competitions, though. A brilliant return given that he fell out of the side towards the end of the campaign.

Jota is expected to play a huge part for Liverpool next season. As he settles further into his role at the club, it’s only right that his pay is brought into line with his growing reputation.

Hopefully Jota can stay injury-free next campaign. He has a fight on to overcome either Luis Diaz or Darwin Nunez in Klopp’s regular attacking trio. Given his career at Anfield so far though, you wouldn’t bet against him.

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