'Priority': Liverpool want to hand their 25-year-old player a new contract as soon as possible - journalist
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'Priority': Liverpool want to hand their 25-year-old player a new contract as soon as possible - journalist

Diogo Jota’s new contract at Liverpool is the now the club’s priority this summer.

That’s according to CBS Sports reporter Ben Jacobs. Speaking to GiveMeSport, Jacobs claimed that Liverpool will look to tie Jota down as quickly as possible.

“Liverpool will also look to offer Diogo Jota improved terms as a matter of priority,” he’s quoted as saying. “Most of the other names currently being linked with Liverpool are just rumour or agent talk with little substance.”

The Reds have seemingly concluded all their incoming business and have switched their attention to ensuring key players’ futures.

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Jota earns his new deal at Anfield

Jota’s new contract at Liverpool will reportedly see him earn himself a big pay-rise. After plundering 21 goals in all competitions last season, that’s richly deserved.

His form dropped off towards the end of the season, and he eventually lost his place in the side. It will have hurt him not to have started any of the three cup finals Liverpool played.

This should hopefully give Jota a little confidence boost, though. The new deal should reflect the fact that he is still a key member of the Liverpool squad, if not quite the first eleven.

The 25-year-old has pretty much defied all expectations of him since arriving in 2020. 34 goals in 85 games is a fantastic return for someone who is not an out-and-out striker.

Only 58 of those games have been starts, too.

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After finishing the season with a whimper, Jota will be keen to prove himself once again. Unfortunately, he’s a touch behind the rest of the squad in pre-season as he’s currently out injured.

The Portugal international featured in training for Liverpool yesterday, though. Chances are that he’ll get his first minutes as The Reds take on Crystal Palace tomorrow.

If he can impress upon his return, maybe that contract offer will come along even sooner than expected.

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