Diogo Jota names side he does not want to draw in Champions League

Date published: Friday 19th March 2021 8:54 - Samuel Bannister

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Diogo Jota has revealed that he dreams of winning the Champions League, but has named one club he would like to avoid in Friday’s quarter-final draw.

Jota has made a bright start to life as a Liverpool player since joining them in the summer. His season has been disrupted by an injury lay-off, but either side of his absence, he has been in great form in front of goal.

While he was out, Liverpool slipped off the pace in the Premier League, making their title defence virtually impossible.

However, one trophy they still have their eyes on is the Champions League, having reached the quarter-finals. It is a competition the club have already won under Jurgen Klopp in the years before Jota’s arrival.

And Jota admits they are placing a lot of emphasis on the competition – which it is his dream to win.

“I’ve always had this dream since I was a child,” Jota told RTP (via Sport Witness) of the prospect of winning the Champions League.

“And although I had already participated in the competition with FC Porto, you never have the same ambitions that a club like Liverpool have in the competition, obviously.

“The Champions League is a knock-out competition. I think anything can happen, and obviously much of our attentions is focused there and the possibility of going far in the event.”

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Jota doesn’t want to draw Porto

Liverpool will learn their opponents for the quarter-finals – and who they would potentially face in the semi-finals – on Friday.

One of the names in the hat is Jota’s former club Porto. However, the former Wolves star does not want to be drawn against them, despite the Reds’ good record against them.

Liverpool defeated Porto 5-0 on aggregate in 2017/18 and 6-1 on aggregate in 2018/19. Still Jota does not fancy a reunion.

“Honestly no. I think not,” he said. “Because although Liverpool had a recent victorious victory, I think that when they had Porto ahead of them, they managed to overtake.

“I think it’d be a very complicated and very emotional game for me, and I’d rather have another team.”

However, Jota would be happy to play Porto if it was in the final of the competition.

“In the final, yes,” he said. “I’d agree already.”

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