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Didi Hamann says one Liverpool player has become 'very important' for Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool forward Diogo Jota has become “very important” for Jurgen Klopp and was missed by the Reds earlier this season, according to Didi Hamann.

The 24-year-old has been superb for Liverpool since his £41million move from Wolves in September, registering 12 goals in 25 competitive appearances for the Reds.

However, Jota was sidelined from early December to late February due to a knee injury, and the Reds missed him badly.

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Now fit again, the Portuguese ace has claimed three goals and one assist in all competitions since his return.

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In conversation with talkSPORT, Hamann gave his verdict on whether Liverpool need some big-name signings in wake of their Champions League elimination.

“I don’t think they need many big name signings,” Hamann said. “Obviously, a lot will depend on whether Salah and Mane stay at the club.

“I think they missed Jota in the last few weeks, he’s become a very important player for them.”

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Jota has done something that few would have predicted at the start of the season – forcing his way into one of the strongest front lines in world football.

At least, this would’ve been the case in the past few seasons, when Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah were on fire and untouchable.

This season, they haven’t quite done so well, and with Mane and Salah having been linked with moves away, Jota could really be key for Klopp next term, more so than this season.

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