Danny Murphy believes Liverpool have continued their ‘phenomenal’ recruitment with the signing of Diogo Jota.
The winger completed his move to Anfield from Wolverhampton Wanderers at the week, which came totally out of the blue.
BBC Sport report the deal to be worth an initial £41 million, rising to £45 million with add-ons.
Jota became Liverpool’s third addition of the window after full-back Kostas Tsimakis and midfielder Thiago Alcantara.
Fans are excited about the signing, and Murphy shares that feeling.
He told talkSPORT: “Jota came out of the blue, I didn’t see that one coming. He’s a talent, he can play across the front three, he’s versatile, he’s hungry.
“Time will tell on that [whether he is value for money]. People turned their nose up at Mane for £30m from Southampton, so who are we to question their judgement?
“I think he is somebody who is definitely at the right age in terms of wanting to improve and get better.
TBR’s View – Jota certainly has potential to be special
Jota has every chance to enjoy a Mane-style rise at Liverpool.
The Portuguese star joins the club at almost the same age as Mane was when he transferred and, under Jurgen Klopp’s management he could develop into a star.
He sometimes drew criticism at Wolves for not always being consistent, but his record of 44 goals and 19 assists in 131 games is fairly decent.
Mane’s Southampton record was 25 goals and 14 assists in 75 games, so parallels can certainly be drawn.