Today marks two years of Diogo Jota at Liverpool. The forward has been brilliant and the Reds can expect even more.
Two years ago, Liverpool paid £41m to sign Diogo Jota from Wolves. It was a shock signing – the Reds had spent the entire summer linked with Thiago and then news of their interest in Jota popped up out of nowhere as they struck a deal for the Spaniard.
Jota was perhaps a strange signing for the champions. He’d scored just seven goals in 34 Premier League appearances for Wolves the previous season. It was just nine the year before that. Liverpool saw the potential in him, though, paying a sizeable fee.
Injuries limited Jota to just 19 Premier League appearances in his debut campaign. Liverpool just couldn’t escape injuries, in truth, as the season continued to test them. Still, Jota managed nine goals in that time.
15 followed in 21/22 and it’s now clear to everyone that Jota is a ‘brilliant’ player. But two years after his arrival, we think he’s going to get even better.
Liverpool celebrate two years of Diogo Jota
When Jota joined Liverpool, he did so as someone trying to break into a firmly established attack. Sadio Mané, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah had been playing together for years and winning the biggest trophies. They had a style of play that they each knew inside out – Jota would need to adapt to it.
But now, things are different. Liverpool are changing their attack for the first time in years, with Darwin Nunez adding a new element as an out-and-out striker. Exactly how that plays out, we’re not sure – but it works to Jota’s strengths.
There will be plenty of adapting and changing as Liverpool tweak things with the options they have. Jota, as a player who can essentially play every role in the forward line, has a chance to have the system built with him in mind. It’s something he hasn’t had at Liveprool before.
Jurgen Klopp has hinted at this luxury already, labelling Jota as someone who is a mix of Nunez and Firmino. Building this attack specifically with Jota in a prominent role shouldn’t actually be very difficult.
And so we expect Jota will improve over the coming year or two. He should find an even better fit in this attack – an attack he was scoring in anyway. Years three and four could be something special.