'Surprised': Roy Keane shocked at what £41m Liverpool player did at Euro 2020 last night
Roy Keane has admitted to ITV Sport that he was surprised by Liverpool striker Diogo Jota’s profligate finishing last night.
Jota was presented with one of Portugal’s best chances of the game early on against Belgium at Euro 2020 last night, but he fluffed his lines.
The £41 million Liverpool striker (BBC Sport) dragged a left-footed shot wide of the mark, when in a good position inside the box.
And a surprised Keane said: “Portugal were the better team. All had gone to plan, defensively very sound and the keeper didn’t have a shot to save until the goal.
“They had a couple of chances going forward. This is the chance really.
“Jota, we’re surprised at. He has a goal in him and we’ve seen him do it before for his club and at international level. Maybe his first touch could be better, but he never looked comfortable.
“You’ve got to be critical, when you get these chances you have to hit the target.”
Not Jota’s tournament
Jota’s early effort rather summed up his Euro 2020, which didn’t go entirely according to plan.
The Liverpool forward failed to show his best at the tournament, with Portugal exiting at the first knockout stage last night.
Portugal created plenty of chances in the latter stages, but were unable to breakthrough against a stubborn Belgian defence.
Jota was actually substituted off as Portugal pushed to try and find an equaliser, after what was a fairly quiet evening.
Jota’s attention will now likely return to Liverpool matters sooner rather than later.
The former Wolves man will be given some time off, before returning to Jurgen Klopp’s side for pre-season, which is due to start up in the near future.