Diogo Jota He arrived at Liverpool to offer a competition for the fearsome third front he relies on so heavily, and proved more than his credentials for the job.
Come on, let’s raise hands. How many people weren’t convinced at first?
Jota’s signature was funny. The new Liverpool classic, in many ways, given that it just came out of nowhere.
Tied one day, in conversations the next, and pulled the red shirt off by the end of the week.
It was a nice clinical arrangement but it asked a lot of questions. Was this just part of Liverpool’s vision of how much they could increase their luck on serving Ki Jana Hoover The other way?
Was he just a striker available in the market and the Liverpool recruitment team wanted to tick that box? Of course, this would not be the case.
Diogo Jota, 2020/21
I started: 19 (all competitions)
unused sub: 1
Season general classification: 8 (the fourth)
Hint on something special
Hindsight is a great thing, but a year ago Liverpool were still riding the pinnacle of jubilation with their title victory with all three points. Jürgen KloppTrident attacking is still sharp.
It seemed inconceivable that one could make way in any way other than a late substitution in a match that was already undoubtedly.
However, Jota had other ideas, and it’s fair to say that his debut season on Merseyside was a resounding success.
Injuries, of course, bit her hard. The story of Liverpool’s season has been all over, and Jota himself was unable to avoid the trap that was inevitable to afflict both the big names.
The low point of the campaign undoubtedly comes in the form of a crushing blow to the momentum in Champions League Dead Rubber vs. Midtjylland.
We’ll never know what Klopp really had in mind when he pulled off a whole bunch of superstars against the Danes, but the time for crying over milk spilled on that front is long gone.
Of course, in the elite competition of European football, Jota really looked like a Liverpool player. His superb hat-trick against contentious Italian side Atalanta signaled the beginning of something special.
For the most part, the most impressive thing about Jota was his timing and application to Liverpool’s life. While the other players needed a respite or a slow transition into the technical aspects and rigors of Klopp’s football, Jota is perfectly fine.
catching the Chane
The Portuguese redefined the phrase “hit the ground running” and showed extreme courage in the way he plays football.
If he arrived with the realization of an unpolished diamond, he would definitely have started to sparkle right away.
Liverpool players, staff and fans will always be thankful for that. It is not so dramatic to say that times have certainly turned out to be difficult in the midst of the forgotten 2020/21 campaign. Injuries, fatigue, lack of confidence and cohesion.
The Reds needed a spark to revive the Games when the big names started to struggle. Fortunately, Jota was on board and was more than willing to get his teeth stuck in action.
So, what about those criticisms leveled at him since his time at Wolves — about not being effective enough, or not being consistent enough? Did not matter.
Jota was intent on writing his own account and became the first player in Liverpool history to score in his first four home games, having surpassed Luis Garcia’s record three times.
In his first ten matches, which included only five matches and five substitute matches, Jota scored seven goals with an average of one goal after every 70 minutes of football being played.
They are all the hallmarks of a player at just the right moment in his career to get into big time.
Many strikers would have been frustrated by the responsibility on their shoulders. Even many rival fans would have concluded that Liverpool have had the most exciting and talented attacking streak in European football from the 2018 season onwards, and arriving with the intent of making a difference in this certainly requires respect.
Gotta need just looked across Divock Origi In the dressing room at Anfield to determine the scale of the task at hand.
The talented Belgian had flashes of greatness in a red shirt and always will be popular in his European Championships, but eventually his number rose for a while. Origi has come to terms with the fact that he will never be a well-meaning striker for Liverpool, and Jota may have been contemplating the same fate.
However, the introverted young man was fine. Spending his spare time playing football online and enjoying moments with his young family, Jota has emerged as a wise head on the shoulders of youngsters.
Assuming it helped stabilize the process might not be too far off the mark. With his mental focus, his level has risen for both Liverpool and the Portuguese national team – which is set to be a leading light at Euro 2020.
Klopp’s men undoubtedly benefited from Jota’s return in the first round of the campaign. Although the goals did not immediately return with his presence, the desire and perseverance definitely returned.
What do you expect next
His first season with the Reds, he scored 30 games in all competitions, with 13 goals and one assist. A very respectable return considering the time spent on the treatment table, although Jota himself expects better.
So too are Liverpool fans, despite being more than happy with his first performances. That’s what makes the 24-year-old so sexy, he never seems to have reached the peak of his performance.
A bit like that kid in school who’s always been ridiculously good at soccer and can pull off a switch no matter where the match is being held; On the playing field, concrete arena, walkways, etcetera.
Jota is a born winner and that’s exactly what Liverpool need. There is a perch to return to next season and we expect the Reds’ No. 20 to play the starring role.
best moment: Atalanta Hattrick Championships
worst moment: Limp against Midtjylland
Next season’s role: First team regular