Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp praises 'exceptional' Diogo Jota after goal heroics in Southampton Premier League win
“He has everything that a Liverpool player in this squad needs. He has the technical skills, he has the physical skills and he is very smart and can learn all the tactical stuff pretty quick." The Reds boss heaped praise on his forward but also hinted that his place in the starting line-up is not guaranteed.
'A perfect signing' - Klopp hails Jota after Southampton brace
“On top of that, he can play all three positions; in a 4-2-3-1 he could play as the 10. So, it is very helpful.
“He has the speed, has the desire to finish situations off really good. I think his goalscoring record is pretty impressive.”
Having joined the club from Wolves in 2020, Jota hasn’t always commanded a starting place in the team due to the talents of Liverpool’s imperious front three of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.
However, injuries to Mane and Firmino have seen him feature far more frequently this season, and crucially, take the chances presented to him.
Klopp believes there is an understanding with the player about his role in the squad.
“When you hypothetically talk to a player and he says, ‘Where will I play?’ – you decide about that with your performance.” He added.
“It’s not written in stone that we always start with the same line-up, all other players are really good in our squad as well. That should not be a surprise.
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 27: ( THE SUN OUT,THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT ) Diogo Jota of Liverpool celebrates after scoring the first goal during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Southampton at Anfield on November 27, 2021 in Liverpool, England
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“But in the end it’s about making 35 really good games instead of getting somehow through a season and playing 50 games.
“It’s completely normal that you have to get rested and all these kinds of things.
“For these moments you need more than 11 players in the squad – we all know that – and you need more than three strikers, even when you play with three strikers. That’s what we have, thank God.
“He was smart enough to see that and that’s why he made the move and that’s why he can contribute so well.”
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