It was difficult to find fault with Liverpool’s 2019/20 Premier League title-winning squad.
Perhaps the only slight issue with Jurgen Klopp’s collection of stars was the fact that they were heavily reliant on the front three of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.
Had one of that trio picked up a serious injury last season, it would have derailed the Reds’ title bid as there was a distinct lack of quality cover.
This summer, Klopp and the Liverpool hierarchy sought to rectify that fact by signing Portuguese international Diogo Jota from Wolves in a £45m deal.
The transfer fee for the 23-year-old raised eyebrows at the time, but the Reds’ investment is already beginning to look like a shrewd one.
Jota has impressed every time he has donned the famous red shirt thus far, scoring on his Premier League debut in the 3-1 home win over Arsenal.
He’s already a popular figure among Liverpool fans and his glowing reputation increased further last night during the final fixtures of the international break.
The former FC Porto man was handed a start for Portugal in the UEFA Nations League against Sweden, replacing the legendary Cristiano Ronaldo in the lineup.
Big shoes to fill, but Jota took the opportunity in his stride as he scored two goals and claimed one assist in Portugal’s 3-0 win at the Jose Alvalade Stadium in Lisbon.
Jota’s goal contributions were just the tip of the iceberg, the Liverpool man delivering a complete performance on the international stage and you can watch his full highlights from the game below.
Diogo Jota vs Sweden pic.twitter.com/M7lyHFrzMb— LFC Comps (@LFCComps) October 14, 2020
A top display from the 23-year-old, one which shows exactly why Klopp and his team had been pursuing Jota for years.
On top of his brace and assist, the A Selecao man completed four take-ons, created two chances and attempted six shots on goal.
With fixtures coming thick and fast in the coming weeks due to the return of the Champions League, the in-form Portuguese is going to be afforded plenty of chances to shine with his new club.
What’s great for Liverpool is that Jota looks in perfect condition to take full advantage of those opportunities.