Liverpool have confirmed their third major signing of the transfer window by announcing the arrival of Diogo Jota from Wolves.
Kostas Tsimikas was the only player Liverpool added to their squad before the start of the new season, but they have been productive in the transfer market this week, adding Thiago Alcantara after a long-term pursuit.
Now, they have followed the Thiago deal up by bringing Jota to Anfield, where the winger has signed a long-term contract. The transfer fee is reportedly in the region of £40m, but will be paid in installments.
Jota has spent the past three seasons at Wolves, but now makes the step up to the Premier League champions.
“It’s just a really exciting moment for me and my family,” he told Liverpoolfc.com.
“All of my path since I was a kid and now, to join a club like Liverpool – the world champions – is just unbelievable. I just want to get started.
“It is one of the best teams in the world – the best at the moment because they are world champions. When you look at the Premier League, you always see Liverpool as one of the biggest teams in the country, so it’s impossible to say no.
“So we just want to come [here], to give our best and hopefully I can become a good option for Liverpool in the future.”
Jota, who will wear the number 20 shirt at Liverpool, then told Reds fans what they can expect from him.
He said: “I think I am a team player. I play up front and my job is to find a way to score goals and to provide assists and that’s what they can expect from me – that I will always do my best. I will always try to help the team in the best way possible.
“They [the fans] can count on me because now I am one of them and I will give my best.”
Jota ready to compete with front three
Jota will provide competition for the front three of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino – one of the deadliest attacks in the world.
However, the Portugal international – who scored 44 goals in three seasons for Wolves – is confident he can keep the trio on their toes.
“They are world-class players,” he admitted. “Every match, they try to win. They score a lot of goals and they work together.
“I want to be one more piece to join that three. That’s what I will do. They are obviously more experienced than me, so the first stage is to connect with them, to learn with them.
“Hopefully I can be a good help for them and the club to win games.”
Meanwhile, young defender Ki-Jana Hoever has moved in the opposite direction to join Wolves.