'My god': Jurgen Klopp blown away by £120,000-a-week Liverpool man's display today
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has praised Diogo Jota and four other Reds players for their displays against Newcastle.
The Anfield outfit temporarily returned to the top of the Premier League table thanks to a 1-0 win on Tyneside.
Naby Keita grabbed the only goal of the game in the 19th minute.
The Guinea international rifled in a composed finish after exchanging passes with Jota.
Newcastle occasionally threatened an equaliser on the break, ensuring a nervy finale for the visitors.
However, Liverpool held on to make it three consecutive wins in the Premier League.
Aside from setting up Keita’s winner, Jota had several chances to get on the scoresheet himself.
The £120,000-a-week ace tested Martin Dubravka with a superb header just before the interval.
And in the second half, Jota was twice denied a goal as spaces opened up.
According to Whoscored, the £45m man had five shots, four of which were on target, and made four key passes.
“We controlled the game in so many ways”
Klopp, speaking to BT Sport – via BBC Sport – after the game, lauded several players.
Joe Gomez, Keita and James Milner were praised for “what a game” they had. And Jota even got a “my god” for good measure.
“It’s the most difficult of circumstances,” he said (30/4/22, 14:52). “A team in form, a crowd waiting for ages for proper success.
“Coming here with five changes and building pretty much a new setup is really difficult. So the performance was absolutely outstanding.
“I loved it. We controlled the game in so many ways. The only plan they had was the long ball to our right side.
“The impact we have from the bench is outstanding.
“Joe Gomez, what a game. Naby Keita, what a game. James Milner, what a game. Diogo Jota – my god, what a game.
“Then you see Andy Robertson in the 93rd minute, making the run.”
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