After the 20th goal, Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp says Diego Jota is “becoming a world-class striker”.
Diego Jota is “growing as a world-class striker”, with Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp praising the Portuguese forward as German manager after Watford’s 20th goal of the season.
- Liverpool beat Watford 2-0 in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon
- Diego Jota took the lead in the first half
- Portugal International scored 20 goals for the first time in a single season
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes Diego Zota is set to become a world-class striker after the Portuguese international scored 20 goals for the first time in a single season.
Jota’s first-half goal in a 2-0 win over Watford was his 14th goal in 27 Premier League games this season, and Fabinho won his 10th consecutive top flight after adding a late penalty.
The 25-year-old has an overall strike rate of 33 in 70 games since joining the club in September 2020 and has proven to add 43 43 million to the forward line of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, who was already one. The best on the planet.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp (L) believes Diego Jota (R) will be a world-class striker.
Klopp said: “He has improved a lot since his arrival, which is only a little bit with his age, (but) he is gradually growing into a top world-class striker role,” Klopp said.
“He is constantly delivering for Portugal, which is a difficult thing to do with all the offensive talents he has, so he is really the player we thought he would be and a little bit better.”
Prior to his arrival at Anfield, Jota was seen at the Wolves as a hard-working wide forward with some personal talent, but Liverpool’s recruiting team looked beyond him for a player who could fit him.
And this season in particular has proved that he has never scored more than nine goals in a single campaign in the Premier League, and is currently just six behind his teammate Salah in the Golden Boot race.
“It was always clear that Diego was not a pure winger, he was a striker who could play on the wings and defend the line. Both wings, thank God, ‘Klopp added.
Portugal International scored 20 goals in a single season for the first time on Saturday
‘He played all three places ahead for us and always did well.
“It’s very stable where we sometimes struggle. This (first round) was a very fluid situation where Diego was on top, an excellent cross and then if there is no one it is just a cross without any result.
‘(But) that was a great goal. Absolutely. He is that man. It was, of course, always in him.
“I said it twice: he had a different job at Wolves and he did what we thought was best. We want him.”
Not only is Liverpool surpassing Manchester City in the title race, they are rising to the horizon next Sunday in Etihad, but if they are to stay on track for an unexpected, unprecedented quadruple, Jota is aiming for more goals and more contributions will be significant.
“This is the first time in my career that I have reached 20 years, so keep going because we still have a lot to play,” the Portuguese told liverpoolfc.com.
While Liverpool’s focus is on silverware, Watford have only one thing left to live out as their 13th defeat in their last 15 league games.
They have major games against Leeds, Brentford and Burnley before the end of the month, and manager Roy Hudson was encouraged by his performance at Anfield.
“The performance against Liverpool gives me heart and encouragement that we can ask these teams some questions,” he said.
“I think it’s important to remember that players are capable of doing what they’re supposed to do.
“They have to understand that we have to go out and do it again.
“Sometimes when you do something good but the result doesn’t come, you don’t want to make the next game easier or work so hard.
“We have to understand what we did and the way we played (at Anfield), that’s our only chance to survive.”