Liverpool earned a place in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup with an exciting 7-2 win over League One side Lincoln City as Takumi Minamino and Curtis Jones both netted braces – and fans have discussed Diogo Jota’s cameo role.
Jota, 23, completed a £45million (Telegraph) move to Liverpool last week in a move that came about somewhat out of the blue – following the long-awaited arrival of Spain midfielder Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich.
The Portugal international was not a part of the side that beat Chelsea 2-0 at Stamford Bridge on the weekend, but was named among the substitutes on Thursday night as Liverpool travelled to Lincoln to win a place in the next round of the Carabao Cup.
Jones and Minamino both scored twice while Divock Origi, Xherdan Shaqiri and Marko Grujic all got their names on the Liverpool score sheet. Jota entered the fray just before the hour mark, replacing teenager Harvey Elliott.
Though he failed to get his name on the score sheet, Jota looked at home in a Liverpool shirt and showed some nice touches. It remains to be seen if Jota will take part in Liverpool’s clash against Arsenal on Monday night at Anfield.
Liverpool supporters have responded on Twitter to Jota’s cameo role on Thursday, with one fan even claiming that his movement was “similar to Mane”. The reaction overall, though, was somewhat mixed – as one supporter said he was “quiet”.
Cannot say a lot on Jota yet. The thing I noticed is how his positional involvement is similar to Mane. A little deeper because of the flow of game.
We definitely aren't shy of shooting and being direct. Curtis, Taki , Jota all had one thing in mind when they got the ball up #LFC
— 𝐅𝐚𝐧𝐒𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐚⚽🔴 (@Omid_metrics) September 24, 2020
Quiet but tried hard, unlucky not to score.
— Gav Melling 😎🎸 (@gavmelling) September 25, 2020
Not much to say he good but not kind biggest impact
— LFC CHAMPIONS OF ENGLAND FOR THE 19th Time🇸🇴🇸🇴 (@somali_kop) September 24, 2020
Minamino’s performance shows how well Liverpool’s player recruitment is. Jota at 43 mil is also a steal
— Gabriel L (@gabriel_lgp_) September 24, 2020
Jota is used to playing with wolves and it will take time for him to adjust to klopp.
I have no doubt that he will be a star when he balances at Liverpool 🔥 pic.twitter.com/HcsH6i3YeC
— LFC DAILY (@Daniel_21_6) September 24, 2020
Important and vital performance by Diogo Jota for Liverpool tonight he played very well from the bench https://t.co/VrKu6DHXfY
— Adam 🐺 (@AdamC456) September 24, 2020