Rio Ferdinand believes that Diogo Jota would have announced to his new Liverpool teammates that he is “here to raise the bar” after his arrival.
Eyebrows were raised when Liverpool opted to pay an initial £41million for the Portugal international forward. However, he has defied expectations with eight goals in his first 12 games.
What’s more, the 23-year-old has raised doubt about Roberto Firmino’s role in the side. Jota displaced the Brazilian lynchpin for the 5-0 rout of Atalanta.
Speaking to Rio Ferdinand presents FIVE, Ferdinand hailed Liverpool’s recruitment for the recent signing. He also offered a hint at what Jota would have told his new teammates after signing.
“The recruitment at Liverpool, what they’ve done to get him [Jota] so far what he’s producing is fully justified,” the pundit said.
“Not many people were sitting there going, ‘Let’s get Jota’ but what he’s saying to Klopp is, ‘You can’t afford to drop me, I’m banging in goals week in week out’.
“That’s what you want at a top club – you want players coming in and having an impact immediately, saying to other players, ‘Yeah you guys are great, I watched you last season, but I’m here to raise the bar’.
“That’s what he seems to be doing. He’s been nothing short of a phenomenal signing.”
Jota continued his recent hot streak with a goal in Sunday’s 3-0 win over Leicester. The Portuguese headed Andy Robertson’s pinpoint cross past Kasper Schmeichel to double the hosts’ lead.
On Wednesday, Jota could make another start in the Champions League, which has proved a rich hunting ground. Indeed, in Liverpool’s last game, he stole the show with a hat-trick against Atalanta.
Klopp confident of Minamino impact
However, one Liverpool player who has not benefitted from Jota’s arrival is Takumi Minamino.
The Japan international would have hoped for more game time this season after his arrival in January.
But while a greater role is yet to arrive, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has no concerns of his future impact.