Jurgen Klopp has told Sky Sports – as per BBC Live – that he had been tracking Diogo Jota for as much as three years before luring the Portuguese attacker to Liverpool, while also applauding Merseyside rivals Everton for their work in the window.
Liverpool earned a somewhat comfortable 3-1 win over Arsenal at Anfield on Monday night, despite going behind to Alexandre Lacazette – following a mistake from Andy Robertson. Sadio Mane equalised, and Robertson made amends to make it 2-1.
New signing Jota, 23, came off the substititues bench to score an excellent volley that left Bernd Leno with no chance. The Reds have been applauded for their work in the window following the additions of Thiago and Jota – as have Everton.
Carlo Ancelotti has signed James Rodriguez, Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure and the Toffees have won all three Premier League games this season. Klopp underlined his delight with Jota, before praising Everton for their transfer window.
“I’m really pleased for Diogo Jota. Top, top guy. It’s so difficult to improve a team like ours. He’s been on my list for two or three years, he’s here now,” Klopp told Sky Sports. “Carlo Ancelotti did super, top, top, top business. I’m not at all surprised.”
TBR’s view – Who has had the better window?
Liverpool almost had a near-perfect side going into the window, but they have still managed to strengthen their starting line-up with Thiago – and have now added proper competition for the front three, rather than just back-up.
Everton, though, were miles off it at times last season. They needed major investment and Ancelotti has done that, bringing in two excellent midfielders in Allan and Doucoure – and some magic in Rodriguez. Both have had stunning windows.