Diogo Jota sets new record as he quickly becomes a key asset for Klopp

Diogo Jota continued his electric start to life on Merseyside with another stellar performance and goal. SCOTT MASON assesses the Portuguese’s performance against Leicester as he sets a new club record.

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Diogo Jota was amongst the goals yet again as Liverpool came out as 3-0 winners against Leicester City on Sunday evening. The Red’s, despite missing multiple key men, completely dominated the game and fully deserved the three points. 

Once again Diogo Jota put in another stellar performance to continue his stunning start to his Liverpool career. He has only been at the club for two months but has settled into life at Anfield seamlessly. The Portuguese has already set a new club record in just his fifth home appearance in the top flight, scoring in all five, becoming the first Liverpool player to do so. 

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The 23-year-old’s goal against the Foxes was taken superbly. The outstanding Andy Robertson became the chief creator, in the absence of Alexander-Arnold, and delivered a pinpoint cross, meeting the diagonal run of the forward, who powered a header past Kasper Schmeichel. This goal screamed confidence and precision. 

Even after his strike, the former Wolves man remained a constant threat and tested the Danish keeper on multiple occasions throughout the game, ending the match with five shots with three testing the reflexes of Schmeichel. 

The Portugal international also provided opportunities for his colleagues, as he manufactured three chances for his side. The most notable being his through ball to Roberto Firmino. Unfortunately, for the Brazilian he was denied by the post and a defender on the line. His rebound attempt having been adjudged to be 10mm short from crossing the line.  

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Originally viewed as successor to the current front three of Mané, Salah and Firmino, Diogo Jota has quickly made a case for himself that his time as a mainstay of the Liverpool attacking line-up is now alongside them. 

When all four of the players mentioned above are fit and available selection, it will become a welcome headache for Jürgen Klopp on who starts up top for his side. Will he stick with his trusted 4-3-3 or will the form of Jota force the German into using a 4-2-3-1 like he did against Manchester City? 

We will see what the manager decides when Liverpool face Atalanta in the Champions League on Wednesday night.


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