Diogo Jota says he is at the best place he has ever been after making a big impression again for Liverpool.
Jota continued his sensational start to his Liverpool career by firing in a hat-trick in a Champions League win over Atalanta.
Many expected the trip to Italy to be a tough test for the Premier League champions, but Jota sent them on the way to victory by opening the scoring.
The Portugal forward added another two goals to bring up his first hat-trick for the club – fully justifying Jurgen Klopp’s decision to start him in place of Roberto Firmino.
Jota has now scored more goals for Liverpool than Firmino in 2020, despite only joining the Reds in September. He has seven goals from his first nine appearances for his new club.
After the game, he beamed that he was playing in the best team he has ever been a part of.
He told BT Sport: “I’m playing in the best team of my career so far. I don’t know if it’s the best moment of my career but obviously scoring goals is my way of playing football.
“I’m happy with this, a great win away in Champions League, a good moment and a good night.”
Asked which of his three goals was his favourite, Jota picked his opener – which saw him dink the ball over Atalanta keeper Marco Sportiello.
“The first one was my favourite because it unlocks the game – for all teams it’s important to get the first goal in each game,” he said. “We scored early so that’s a good moment for me and the team and then we can manage the game our way.”
Jota impressed by ‘outstanding’ Liverpool attack
After impressing in a more than decent Wolves team, Jota has found himself playing at the next level since his move to Liverpool.
He slotted in between Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah for the game against Atalanta, and all three got on the scoresheet.
Jota hailed his two teammates as “world class”, praising them for the way they linked up with him.
“Obviously they are two world class players,” he said. “We all know their quality which makes it easier for me to do my job because they are outstanding and we had a great game together today.”
There will be another tough test on paper for Liverpool in their next game, as they face title rivals Manchester City in their next Premier League game.
Jota is hoping they can take plenty of positives into that game as inspiration.
“Well five goals, that doesn’t happen so often to score five in one game,” he said. “The clean sheet as well if we can keep a clean sheet against City we will win the game.”