Jurgen Klopp has been told that in Diogo Jota he has a player destined to reach the very top and that his time at Liverpool could be brief.
Jota has hit the ground running since joining Liverpool in a deal worth around £40m in the summer transfer window. The Portuguese forward has scored seven goals in his new colours already, after only making six starts.
The ex-Wolves star has made an impression in both the Premier League and Champions League – recently scoring a hat-trick against Atalanta in the latter competition.
His form has raised questions of Roberto Firmino’s role in the Liverpool starting lineup, which perhaps emphasises just how good he has been. Firmino has been one of Liverpool’s most important players under Klopp.
Jota’s instant success at Anfield is comparable to both Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah. Both were brought to Anfield for relatively modest fees. But both attackers have raised their games to new heights under Klopp – and have seen their values sky-rocket as a result.
Now Jota’s former Portugal U21 teammate Stephen Eustaquio can see his close pal enjoying similar success.
Indeed, Eustaquio, speaking to La Vanguardia, reckons Jota’s humble nature will ensure he is heading right to top.
“Jota was in Pacos, Atletico Madrid, Porto, Liverpool. He works a lot,” Eustaquio told the Spanish paper.
“He is a very hard-working person, very delicate with the ball; he plays a lot. He is not going to stay there; he is going to go higher.
“I shared a dressing room with him, he was captain of the Portugal Under-21 team. In bad times he showed a very strong personality.
“He is a very humble person and deserves to be where he is.”
Quite where Jota will go to ‘go higher’ than Liverpool remains to be seen given their success in recent years under the German.
Jota angry at FIFA 21 rating
Despite Jota’s success since moving to Merseyside, there is one thing Jota is unhappy with: his FIFA 21 rating.
The player claims the game’s makers, EA Sports, didn’t bother improving his ‘card’ this summer. That’s despite his goalscoring exploits for Wolves last season and since his switch to Anfield.
Speaking about his passion for the FIFA video game, Jota has accused the makers of being ‘shocked’ by his move to Liverpool.
“I like to play, I always liked it, it was always something I always did. I left school, did my homework and then I liked to stay playing. I’d also go to the backyard to play ball. But I always spent a lot of time holding the controller,” Jota said, via Sport Witness.
Explaining why he thinks his move to Anfield surprised the game’s makers, he added: “I think they were taken by surprise when I went to Liverpool. They thought I was going to stay at Wolverhampton and then they didn’t even bother to upgrade my card.”
Jota added that he has kept his ‘card’ from last season and has compared the data.
“I kept the data from last season, and despite being one of the best scorers in the Europa League and everything, they didn’t even bother.
“As long as they send me my 99 card, which it seems every professional player is entitled to, I am happy.”