Liverpool supervisor Jurgen Klopp has hailed the influence new signing Diogo Jota has made on the membership and has mentioned the Portugal ahead can assist the Premier League champions “attain the following stage” as they put together to face Manchester Metropolis on Sunday.
Jota, 23, was signed for £40 million from Wolves in mid-September and has made a right away influence at Liverpool, scoring seven objectives in eight Premier League and Champions League matches, together with a hat trick towards Atalanta on Tuesday.
He provides a distinct choice to Liverpool’s conventional first-choice front-three of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah and whereas Klopp was eager to spotlight the influence others have had within the squad like Divock Origi, Takumi Minamino and Xherdan Shaqiri, he mentioned he has been pleasantly stunned by the convenience Jota has slotted in at life at his new membership.
“I count on the brand new boys to take the time for his or her particular person wants,” Klopp mentioned at a information convention on Friday. “That generally takes time, and generally would not take that lengthy. There’s not a method for all of the gamers.
“We thought we can assist him [Jota] attain the extent, like he can assist us attain the following stage due to his high quality.
“He is very younger, skilled and performed in one of many hardest working groups [Wolves] beneath a demanding supervisor [Nuno Espirito Santo] so he is aware of an offensive participant must do completely different jobs — not solely creating and scoring, however he has to work arduous. And that helps us. I am actually joyful about that.”
Whereas Jota has made a exceptional scoring begin to the season, Firmino has only one purpose in 10 appearances this season.
Jota began as a substitute of Firmino towards Atalanta in midweek resulting in query marks over what entrance three Liverpool will go for on the weekend. Nonetheless, Klopp has mentioned the Brazil worldwide’s qualities converse for themselves.
“I haven’t got to say one phrase about Bobby Firmino and the way necessary he’s for us,” Klopp mentioned when requested about what Firmino brings to Liverpool.
“In so many video games he’s the difference-maker with out scoring and with scoring as properly, in different video games. I might really feel embarrassed if I needed to point out his qualities.”
Klopp additionally performed down any notion the match towards Manchester Metropolis might go a way in deciding the place the Premier League title heads this season however mentioned going through Pep Guardiola’s crew is “one of the tough video games to play on the planet.”
In the meantime, Metropolis boss Pep Guardiola informed a information convention that striker Sergio Aguero has not recovered in time from a muscle damage to characteristic within the match on Sunday.