Jurgen Klopp has hailed Diogo Jota for the boldness and resilience that permits him to excel whereas taking part in by way of the ache of a “loopy” quantity of knocks.
Jota has returned from a month out with a hamstring damage on the again finish of final yr in imperious type, with 4 targets and three assists in seven video games in 2024.
That has come at an important time, with Mohamed Salah departing for the Africa Cup of Nations after which returning injured, giving Klopp a useful outlet in assault.
The 27-year-old opened the scoring with an excellent solo aim in Wednesday’s 4-1 victory over Chelsea, in a transfer paying homage to Luis Suarez.
And talking in his pre-Arsenal press convention two days later, Klopp defined how, like Suarez, Jota has develop into accustomed to taking part in by way of the ache.
“He simply has it. He’s an entire package deal,” the supervisor enthused.
“With, and he is aware of that, everybody’s that, with a number of accidents on the unsuitable time – a number of too many as properly, like unfortunate, wow.
“Diogo will get, in every sport, knocks like loopy. If I’m going by way of the lists of medical experiences I acquired through the years since Diogo is right here, he’s in every one among them.
“And never as ‘injured’, simply as ‘has a bruise’, ‘has a knock’, ‘has that’, ‘has that’. All after every sport. So he actually will get it.
“And on prime of that, a few instances he was out for completely too lengthy, in any other case his numbers would look fully completely different.
“He was in a very fine condition earlier than he acquired injured, got here again, was in a fine condition.
“You possibly can see he’s actually flying within the second, all the pieces seems mild, seems recent, seems explosive, and on prime of that, as he at all times was, an especially sensible footballer.”
Liverpool have seemed to the Portuguese market in recent times with the signings of Luis Diaz and Darwin Nunez, however Jota is the primary participant from the nation to really set up himself underneath Klopp.
With Tiago Ilori, Joao Carlos Teixeira and Rafa Camacho seeing their spark fade, and Fabio Carvalho but to interrupt by way of, it’s maybe a shock given Klopp’s reward for the nation’s conveyor belt of expertise.
“I believe if the world seems, at one level, to a rustic which isn’t massive however has an unbelievable quantity of fine footballers, and actually sensible footballers, it needs to be Portugal,” he continued.
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“The quantity of gamers they ship to the soccer world compared to the quantity of individuals residing [there] is loopy.
“After which the sort of gamers they’re: actually particular, sport understanding is completely different stage.
“That makes him the participant he’s for us.
“I believe from the primary second I noticed him at Wolves, I used to be completely enthusiastic about his potential.”
With Salah not anticipated to return till the go to of Brentford on February 17 – and Nunez now a doubt with a foot damage – Jota’s availability is essential.
“[He] can play all three positions for us up entrance, which may be very particular, particularly within the second when Mo will not be right here,” Klopp defined.
“Now that’s how it’s with strikers. When you find yourself in second, you higher use it.
“You surf on the wave if attainable, after which you’ll be able to add a number of on, and that’s what he’s doing.
“The aim he scored now towards Chelsea was not solely the opener, it was an unbelievable aim.
“You possibly can solely try this and have that concept to get by way of these two guys if you find yourself filled with confidence. He did that and it was implausible. It gave this sport the best course for us.”