Jurgen Klopp has expressed his delight at the ‘impact’ of summer signing Diogo Jota following the forward’s fine form since moving to Liverpool.
The Premier League champions secured the signing of the Portugal international from Wolves during the summer and have seen the 23-year-old make an immediate impression on Merseyside, Jota scoring six goals in his last four outings for the Reds.
That haul includes a scintillating hat-trick during the club’s 5-0 thrashing of Atalanta in the Champions League in midweek, leaving Jota at the joint-leading scorer in the competition alongside Erling Haaland, Alvaro Morata and Marcus Rashford.
Jota was viewed as a player who could provide competition for the Reds’ established front three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane, though the forward has quickly stated his case for regular inclusion in the side.
Ahead of this weekend’s crunch clash with Manchester City at the Etihad, Klopp had spoken of Jota’s quality and admits he has been delighted with the star’s start to life at Anfield.
“We think we can help him, like he can help us, because of his quality,” the Liverpool boss said at his pre-match press conference.
“He is still young at 23 and he played in one of the hardest working teams at Wolves, so he knows offensive players have to defend. I’m really happy about the impact he has had so far.
“Not scoring the number of goals he has, would not have made him a worse player. I love the way he did it and it’s all very positive. We have more than three offensive players and they are all good, that’s why they have a contract here.”