Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has sung Diogo Jota’s praises, and claimed he was a fan of his years before signing him.
Jota joined the Reds from Wolves in a deal reported to be worth up to £45 million in the summer (BBC Sport), and the Portuguese has certainly hit the ground running.
In 14 appearances so far, he’s hit nine goals and is looking like a key player already.
The star couldn’t have hoped for a better start, but his form seemingly hasn’t come as too much of a surprise to Klopp, who has spoken of his previous interest in the player.
He told UEFA’s official website: “Diogo, I liked, honestly, from the first game I saw him playing for Wolves. That’s how it is.
“He had no idea about that, obviously, but for me it was always clear that when he was kind of in reach, I would go for him because he’s very, very interesting and had an exciting career so far: what he did, where he’s come from, the moves he made, bam bam bam.
“I liked the discipline he showed, plus the creativity he showed, plus the desire he showed. And his skills are pretty good anyway, so I got a lot of good signs before we signed him that it could work out.”
TBR’s View – Jota coming in clutch for Liverpool
So it seems Jota’s move to Liverpool wasn’t as out of the blue as first thought.
Clearly Klopp had his eye on the star for some time, and decided to act when he felt the time was right.
And Liverpool are certainly now benefitting from signing him.
For so long the club’s famous front three have carried the goalscoring burden, but now they have support from Jota, who is also fantastic out of possession, another thing Klopp is known to value highly.