Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes that Diogo Jota has even more potential than Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, according to a report.
Mane and Salah, who both arrived under Klopp‘s stewardship, have become unmissable figures at Anfield.
The pair have scored almost 200 goals between them since their arrivals, with Salah notching over 100 so far. What’s more, several match-defining goals – too many to detail – feature in that collection.
Indeed, there was expectation that Liverpool would be continually weaker without their African stars in the team. However, Diogo Jota’s recent signing from Wolves has cast that belief aside.
The Portuguese has scored seven goals in his first 11 games for the Reds, giving the Reds another reliable option. He has even raised doubts about Roberto Firmino’s role.
In fact, according to Don Balon, Klopp feels ‘fascinated’ by the heights that Jota can reach in a Liverpool shirt.
The winger is only 23 and his manager reportedly sees more potential in him than he did in Mane and Salah. Indeed, the latter pair were by far the finished products upon their arrivals.
But while Jota cannot claim that accolade either, Klopp feels that he is showing the sort of form his current stars were not at the same age.
While Don Balon‘s report does not speculate on his long-term future, Jota could well go on to become Klopp’s first choice in the coming years.
Mane and Salah are into the final three years of their contracts and it is unclear whether they will renew. Indeed, Real Madrid have reportedly shown past interest in both forwards.
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According to Jota’s former teammate, though, the Portuguese’s association with Anfield will not be long-term.
Stephen Eustaquio, who played with Jota in their country’s Under-21 ranks, believes that the 23-year-old should move on to “higher” goals.
For now, though, the winger will continue to play a vital role in helping Liverpool retain their Premier League title.