Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp immediately knew ‘intense’ Diogo Jota would be a great fit

Diogo Jota made such a first impression of Jurgen Klopp NS Liverpool The manager immediately believed the striker would be a good fit for his team.

The Portugal international was eyed while playing for Wolves in their FA Cup third-round win over the waning Red Devils in January 2018.

Less than two years later, he has switched sides and as he prepares to face the fans of his former club for the first time since leaving, Red manager Klopp has explained what has convinced him. persuade him to spend £ 41 million on the striker.

“I remember the first time I met him, I thought he could be my player because of how intense he was always in every situation,” said Klopp.

“Technically he is at a really high level but the intensity he puts in makes the difference because at our level all the players have technical quality.

“You made a difference with your attitude and that’s what I’m most excited about adding Diogo to the mix. People say he doesn’t score too many goals but the point is that Wolves have the most aggressive attacking style for wingers.

“(Raul) Jimenez is allowed to stay but the rest has to cover the pitch and that costs you energy. And he was very young then.

“All of that makes it very exciting for us (and) it is clear that he will take the next steps with us. What I didn’t know when I first saw him was that Diogo was an incredible package. From a personality point of view, he’s an amazing boy, really smart, structured in a nice way. ”

I remember the first time I met him, I thought he could be a player for me because he was so intense in every situation.

Jurgen Klopp on Diogo Jota

Jota has scored four goals in his last three games, played a superb role for the injured Roberto Firmino, and is now only surpassed in Premier League of Leicester team-mates Mohamed Salah and Jamie Vardy.

Many of his goals come in the right place, at the right time to apply a simple finish to others, such as his goal in Wednesday’s Merseyside derby, which was brilliant.

Asked how much is instinct and how much is a game plan, Klopp added: “I don’t know how much but for a striker he has to be there.

“The second goal (against Southampton last weekend) Mo went over the square and Diogo was there (to touch).

“People say these goals are easy but they’re not easy because you have to read the situation, it’s instinctive but like by design, he has to be there, that’s what you do in coaching. .”

One player who has scored with such ridiculous ease is Salah, who has netted twice against Everton, scoring 19 goals in as many games this season.

He needed a goal by 15 December to become the third fastest 20-goal scorer in a season for the club after Ian Rush (1986) and the late Roger Hunt (1961).

The Egypt international is setting new standards this season, by comparison, in his record 44-goal first campaign in 2017-2018, he hit 21 before Christmas.

He has also provided eight assists in 14 Premier League games alongside his 13 goals in the league but Klopp denies they have made the changes to make him a player. more of the team.

“It’s not a coincidence but we haven’t had a specific talk about it because these things happen naturally,” his manager said.

“He has never been criticized by us for being too selfish because he has never been. For a striker who shows up in situations where we want him to finish and occasionally oversee a teammate who might be in a better position than is completely normal.

“What helps a lot is experience, being in similar situations over and over again you know what happens when we are there.

“Mo is now experienced, calm enough, not greedy to score goals and has developed again technically.

“It’s unbelievable what he’s done, and when he sees someone in a better position he’ll definitely pass the ball there.

“But when he thinks he can finish it on his own, I hope he ends it on his own even if he misses the opportunity because that’s the nature of the opportunity.” Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp immediately knew ‘intense’ Diogo Jota would be a great fit


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