Super-sub Jota spells out ambitious Liverpool target for CL return

Date published: Sunday 4th April 2021 10:52 - Neil Foster

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Diogo Jota was delighted to make a significant contribution to Liverpool’s victory over Arsenal and wants more of the same for the rest of the season.

Jota, 24, was introduced in the 64th minute and broke the deadlock just three minutes’ later. The Portugal international added his second and the Reds’ third on 82 minutes after Mohamed Salah’s 68th-minute strike.

The 3-0 triumph means Jurgen Klopp’s side are now back in the race for a top-four spot. They sit fifth in the standings but are just two points behind fourth-placed Chelsea.

Jota began on the bench after playing for Portugal during the international break. But he came on for his 13th top-flight appearance with Liverpool struggling for goals.

And the former Wolves man was soon in the thick of the action, heading home Trent Alexander-Arnold’s pinpoint cross. Jota missed almost three months of action this term due to injury.

And he stressed the importance of being able to hit the ground running in any situation.

“It doesn’t matter if you start in the starting XI or on the bench, you need to be ready to make an impact,” he told Sky Sports. “That’s what I did today and that’s what I want to do always.”

Jota eyes perfect Reds run-in

It would seem almost unthinkable for Liverpool not to qualify for the Champions League given their 2019-2020 exploits. They ran away with the Premier League last season but have struggled to hit the heights this time around.

Injuries have taken their toll and a run of six defeats from seven matches ended any hopes of the title. But there are still plenty of games left in which to move into the coveted top-four places.

Jota is already looking forward to the next one and knows exactly what they must do between now and May 23.

“I said after the last game, to think about higher spots in the table we need to do our job [which] is to win every single game until the end,” he added.

“If we do that I think we have a chance to be there. I think if we do our job we have a high chance to be there because it is very hard to win in the Premier League. Today we did our job, let’s go to the next one.”

Next up for the Merseysiders is the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final with Real Madrid. They face Los Blancos at the Bernabeu on Tuesday before the return leg at Anfield on April 14.

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