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'I love him': Rio Ferdinand blown away by Liverpool player who 'doesn't start' in their strongest lineup

'I love him': Rio Ferdinand blown away by Liverpool player who 'doesn't start' in their strongest lineup

Rio Ferdinand has told his YouTube channel that he loves Diogo Jota, describing the way that the Liverpool forward plays whenever called upon ‘beautiful to see’.

Jota scored the Reds’ second goal in their emphatic 4-0 win over Arsenal at Anfield on Saturday.

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It was a moment of magic from the Portuguese as he capitalised on Nuno Tavares’ mistake seven minutes into the second-half.

Jota clearly sensed that an opportunity may be coming as he started sprinting towards the ball before Tavares had even attempted to play it back towards Thomas Partey or Ben White.

White was beaten immediately as the forward danced past his sliding challenge. And he went on to fool Aaron Ramsdale in a similar manner, sitting the goalkeeper down before tucking the ball into an empty net.

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It was an outrageous goal from the 24-year-old. It is also his fifth goal of the season in the Premier League, leaving him only behind Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane in the Reds’ goalscoring charts.

Ferdinand admitted that he still believes that Jota is behind Roberto Firmino in the pecking order. But he insisted that he is still a massive fan of the former Wolves man.

“I love him,” he told his YouTube channel regarding Jota. “That’s what I love about Liverpool. He’s not even their starting player. If they’re going to play their first three up front, he doesn’t start.

“Recently, Firmino’s been the man. And I think if Klopp had a final next week, Firmino plays. But he’s got someone who comes in and always delivers. It’s beautiful to see.”

Jota ready to take game to next level at Liverpool

Jota’s first season on Merseyside did not play out how he would have liked. He only made 12 starts in the top flight last term.

Obviously, he was always facing a tough task trying to force his way into the side. But injuries did not help his situation at all.

He is now only three starts off matching his tally for the entirety of last term this time around. That would suggest that he is now ready to take his game to that next level.

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