Trent Alexander-Arnold has raved about new Liverpool signing Diogo Jota on the club’s official website after the Portugal international scored against FC Midtjylland on Tuesday night – claiming he has slotted in on, and off the pitch.
Jota, 23, had a hand in 63 goals during his 131 appearances in all competitions for Wolves – which earned him a £41million (BBC) move to Anfield in the summer. Despite starting just four of his eight Liverpool outings, he has scored three goals.
He has netted against Sheffield United and Arsenal in the Premier League, while also opening the scoring against Midtjylland on Tuesday – tapping into an empty net after Alexander-Arnold squared the ball when clear on goal.
England defender Alexander-Arnold responded to Jota’s performance and start at Liverpool since the former Porto man move to Merseyside – and he was full of praise, claiming the Liverpool players noticed Jota’s quality while at Wolves.
“That’s exactly what you want from a new signing,” Alexander-Arnold said. “He’s slotted right in on the pitch and off the pitch. He works well with us, works well for us – I think we all noticed that when we played against him.
“So to have him on our team now is something we’re happy with. Like you said, he’s hit the ground running and hopefully there’ll be many more goals and a lot more success with him in the team.”
TBR’s view – Jota or Firmino?
Jurgen Klopp changed Liverpool’s system last weekend to a 4-2-3-1 formation to include Jota in a side along with Roberto Firmino. While the Reds beat Sheffield United 2-1, it was hardly their best performance.
Klopp needs to revert to the previous system that allows Andy Robertson and Alexander-Arnold to get forward – when Liverpool face West Ham on Saturday. But if he does, should Jota play above Firmino? Right now on form, it is hard to say no.