Liverpool star thinks champions are starting to turn the corner

Matthew Briggs
Diogo Jota Liverpool TEAMtalk

Diogo Jota believes Liverpool are slowly returning to form after his first-half strike secured a 1-0 win at his former club Wolves on Monday night.

The Reds had lost six of their previous seven Premier League games to see their title defence crumble.

Victory at Molineux – which was overshadowed when Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio was knocked out in an accidental collision with Conor Coady late on – lifted Jurgen Klopp’s side to sixth.

They have back-to-back wins for the first time in almost two months after last week’s Champions League triumph over RB Leipzig and Jota is optimistic the Merseyside club are back on track.

“We hope so,” he told Liverpool’s website. “Of course we work for that and now with two clean sheets and two victories it’s really good and now we have the break for the international teams but it’s football.

“We needed to win. That was the most important thing and to grab points because we have been struggling in the Premier League and we want to change that.

“I think we need to improve a lot, in this competition especially, and hopefully this could be a great start of a run until the end of the season.”

Jota marked his first return to Molineux after a £45m move to Anfield last summer with the winner in first-half stoppage time.

It was the 24-year-old’s first goal since coming back from a knee injury and a goal which prompted Jamie Carragher to nickname him ‘Jota the Slotter’.

He continued: “I had been here for over three years, working every day with almost everyone in that dressing room. Obviously it was special, I just wish the fans would have been here as well – but anyway, a good result for us and for me.”

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Klopp: It’s all about the result

Klopp praised his side and revealed he was desperate for Liverpool to go into the international break with a win.

The German said: “It’s all about the result. A big fight. If we want three dirty points, I’m fine with that.

“We had very good moments where we should have done better. Defensively the whole game was really good. I didn’t like the start, we weren’t active enough.

“We defended well, we counter-attacked. A lot of really good football moments. The goal we scored was beautiful. I thought the goalie would have saved it but it was in.

“A lot of good news tonight but most important, the three points.

“We want to go into the [international] break with a positive feeling and we have it.”

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