Liverpool newcomer Diogo Jota has been described by Gary Neville as a “clever signing” following the Reds’ Premier League victory last night.
Jota joined Liverpool on 19 September, BBC Sport reporting the 23-year-old had penned a five-year deal following his £41million switch from Wolves.
The Portugal international made his Reds debut off the bench in the League Cup victory over Lincoln last week and featured again in the 3-1 league victory over Arsenal last night.
Jota came on in the 80th minute and had several chances to get on the scoresheet before getting his goal two minutes from time, volleying into the corner of Bernd Leno’s net.
There were some murmurs of discontent amongst fans after Liverpool went quiet on the transfer front for a while following Kostas Tsimikas’ arrival.
However, the signings of Thiago Alcantara and Jota were certainly worth the wait, and Neville touched on the two new arrivals following the game.
“The signings of Thiago Alcantara and Diogo Jota were big moves because it signalled intent,” Neville told Sky Sports.
“They needed to strengthen in midfield with somebody who can play, control the game and do something a little bit different to the rest of them.
“And then Jota up front, who provides a real quality back up to the front three, but doesn’t unnerve them to the point where they want to leave. It was a clever signing.”
Jota is one of the Premier League’s brightest talents without a doubt and, at just 23 years old, the Portugal international is only just getting started for club and country.
He’s flown under the radar somewhat but he’s hit the ground running at Liverpool, which bodes well for the future as he’s still familiarising himself with the team’s tactics, not to mention general progress as he continues to gain experience.