A disgruntled Diogo Jota has challenged the makers of FIFA 21 to improve his rating in the game, accusing them of ‘being lazy’.
Jota has hit the ground running since joining Liverpool in a deal worth around £40m in the summer transfer window. The Portuguese forward has scored seven goals in his new colours already, after only making six starts.
The ex-Wolves star has made an impression in both the Premier League and Champions League – recently scoring a hat-trick against Atalanta in the latter competition.
His form has raised questions of Roberto Firmino’s role in the Liverpool starting lineup, which perhaps emphasises just how good he has been. Firmino has been one of Liverpool’s most important players under Klopp.
However, despite his transfer to Merseyside, there is one aspect Jota is unhappy with: his FIFA 21 rating.
The player claims the game’s makers, EA Sports, didn’t bother improving his ‘card’ this summer. That’s despite his goalscoring exploits for Wolves last season and since his switch to Anfield.
Speaking about his passion for the FIFA video game, Jota has accused the makers of being ‘shocked’ by his move to Liverpool.
“I like to play, I always liked it, it was always something I always did. I left school, did my homework and then I liked to stay playing. I’d also go to the backyard to play ball. But I always spent a lot of time holding the controller,” Jota said, as quoted by O Jogo and via Sport Witness.
Explaining why he thinks his move to Anfield surprised the game’s makers, he added: “I think they were taken by surprise when I went to Liverpool. They thought I was going to stay at Wolverhampton and then they didn’t even bother to upgrade my card.”
Jota added that he has kept his ‘card’ from last season and has compared the data.
“I kept the data from last season, and despite being one of the best scorers in the Europa League and everything, they didn’t even bother.
“As long as they send me my 99 card, which it seems every professional player is entitled to, I am happy.”
Jota talks up ‘different’ Klopp
Talking to TVI in his native Portugal, Jota has explained how Jurgen Klopp has already won him over.
“He is different from any coach I have ever had, especially in terms of contact,” Jota said.
“He sent me a text message a few days ago, something that is not very common [to see] in a coach.
“I was at the spa, I wasn’t even expecting it and I got a message from him.
“But even so, he likes to be close to the players, both on and off the field.”