It is “unfair” to equate Diogo Jota to Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, says John Barnes, but the Liverpool legend always wants an in-form forward at Anfield to have a “great career.”
A summer signing from Wolves has made his spell on Merseyside a dream start.
Jota was originally seen as a back-up addition to the reigning Premier League champions, with Jurgen Klopp wanting his attacking choices to be more in-depth – Reports Goal.
The 23-year-old, however, has hit the ground running on the heels of a transfer of £ 45 million ($ 60m).
In only 14 appearances, nine goals have been registered, with the record books being re-written along the way.
Via their early outings for Liverpool, Jota delivered more end result than the likes of Salah and Mane contributed, with two-star turns becoming talismanic figures.
The Reds legend Told BonusCodeBets: “Jota is an outstanding player and the way Klopp plays him has helped him blend into the squad right away. You want players who are able to score all they can.
We have relied heavily on the front three so far to score, but the fact that Jota can actually play either of the midfield three, or one of the front three, but either score brings a lot of versatility to the side, showing what a great signing he’s been for us.
As Jota’s early Liverpool appearances have proven, he can give the team a crucial attacking challenge instantly, combined with an attitude and temperament for a club like Liverpool.
It is inappropriate to equate Jota with Salah/Mane/Firmino because he may not have the same expertise at this very moment in time, but his professional level is the same as the level of the front trio.
“One to watch, most definitely, and I have no doubt that he’ll have a great career in Liverpool.”
As Mane started on the bench and substituted a disappointed Salah in the second half, Jota was back among the goals in his last outing at Brighton, and Klopp has more major selection decisions to make this week in continental and domestic matchups with Ajax and Wolves.