Garth Crooks hailed Liverpool performance from “inspired signing” against Wolves
Garth Crooks included Liverpool’s Diogo Jota in his weekly team of the week segment after his performance last night.
Jota, who earns £90,000-a-week (Spotrac), scored the only goal of the game during Liverpool’s 1-0 victory away to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday.
The 24-year-old made his name in English football at Molineux, but ended up scoring the winner against them on his return to his former club.
With Roberto Firmino sidelined through injury, Jota filled in as the central forward combining with wingers Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.
His goal means he’s now netted 10 goals in just 21 appearances for the Reds since he joined in the summer.
BBC pundit Crooks was wowed by the attacker’s composed display against Wolves.
Additionally, he made the bold claim that Liverpool could still be on the fringes of the title race had the Portuguese attacker not missed a few months of this season through injury.
“The difference between the two sides was the man who Wolves sold to Liverpool last summer. Going back to your old stomping ground and facing your former team-mates is never easy but Diogo Jota made it look that way,” Crooks told BBC Sport.
“His goal was well taken and enough to put the Reds back on track. Jota has been an inspired signing and had it not been for injuries to the Portugal international, Liverpool might still be in touch with another title challenge.”
Jota’s recent return from a knee injury has been a massive boost for Liverpool, as he was absent for 15 league games.
The versatile attacker made a quick-fire start to his Anfield career before his injury setback, and has had to watch from the sidelines in recent months his team go through a dreadful run of form.
After last night’s victory, Liverpool are sixth in the league table and trying to close the five-point deficit to fourth-placed.
Claiming that without Jota’s injury Liverpool would be in the title race still seems a little far-fetched, as runaway leaders Manchester City are 25 points above them storming to the league crown.
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