When we see two people together, we often say that they are supposed to be together or made for each other. I believe that implies to football clubs and players as well. When a club signs a player, in some cases, the player takes some time to get used to the new style. It may work out or maybe not. On the other hand, some players hit it on the go as soon as they hit the ground running. We think Diogo Jota and Liverpool come under the latter.
The rumors came out of nowhere, and before we knew it, Diogo Jota was a Liverpool player. How well has he fared till now? If you ask us, we believe Jota has found his home in Liverpool.
His game against Sheffield United showed all his traits that made Liverpool sign him. “He is quick, he has the physicality, is strong, good in the air, good on the ground…” said Klopp on Saturday. “Those are the qualities we need.” The boss is happy, and he should be. Jota was part of an experimental setup, along with the front three. The formation seemed more oriented towards the attacking side, but it worked. With Henderson, Winjaldum working hard, and Gomez and Fabinho filling in for the injured Van Dijk, the formation worked for Klopp and co.
Sheffield United got a penalty for a challenge by Fabinho, which Sander Berge converted despite Alisson jumping in the right direction. You can write off the champions, can you? Thanks to the simple tap-in by Roberto Firmino, and a header from Diogo Jota, Liverpool went ahead and won the game.
Diogo Jota has scored in each of his first home games, a feat which was last achieved by Sadio Mane back in 2016. No, this is not the reason why we are asserting that Jota looks like a good signing for Liverpool. Jota is physical, versatile, and goes well along with the Liverpool method of pressing.
Even during the last season, Liverpool did not have proper cover for their dangerous front three. Even though Minamino came in the winter transfer window, he could not offer to be the cover for any of Salah, Mane, or Firmino. Jota has that extra spark and is still 23. He will keep on improving and can even go ahead and replace Mane or even Salah when they call it a day.
It is too early to call that Diogo Jota is a hit at Anfield, but the early signs are promising. Do you guys remember the brief time when Liverpool had a fearsome fab four? They used to terrorize defenses in the Premier League. Will Liverpool go back to those days? We’ll see!