Diogo Jota is the talk of the town after his hat-trick for Liverpool in the Champions League.
A few eyebrows were raised when the Reds forked out more than £40 million for the Portuguese from Wolverhampton Wanderers, but it’s proven to be one of the signings of the summer so far.
Jota notched his first goal for the Merseysiders against Arsenal, before scoring back-to-back Premier League winners at Anfield against Sheffield United and West Ham United.
Jota shines vs Atalanta
However, there can be no denying that Jota’s magnum opus came in mid-week when he notched his third European hat-trick of 2020 with a masterclass away to Atalanta.
The 23-year-old was given the nod ahead of Roberto Firmino, who has come under fire after only scoring nine goals last season, by Jurgen Klopp for the clash in Bergamo.
And it took just 16 minutes for the German’s decision to be vindicated with Jota opening the scoring with a delightful chip over Marco Sportiello.
Jota’s third goal in Italy
The second goal was even more impressive, too, with Jota channeling his inner Dennis Bergkamp with a gluey first touch from Joe Gomez’s long ball, before finishing emphatically at the near post.
Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane then extended the Premier League side’s lead into thrashing territory and paved the way for Jota to bag his third at the climax of a fantastic counterattacking move.
At first, it looked to many as though Jota had benefitted from a slight deflection off Sportiello as he rounded the Atalanta shot-stopper, only to regain control and tap into the open net.
Jota’s secret, incredible touch
However, fully three days after Jota scored that historic goal, making him just Liverpool’s fifth hat-trick scorer in the Champions League, Kopites have noticed a brilliant detail about its build-up.
That’s because slow-motion replays have been uploaded on Twitter and Reddit appearing to show that Jota rounding the ‘keeper actually came from an outrageous touch as opposed to pure luck.
It’s no surprise that the video has gone viral with Jota looking to defy Sportiello with an inspired piece of skill that seems to resemble the ‘bounce’ shot that Mesut Ozil has coined at Arsenal.
Liverpool fans just realising
But what makes it so special is the fact many Liverpool fans have been caught off-guard by it and have earned a newfound respect for a new signing who was already in their good books.
What a bloody touch from Jota.— Watch LFC (@Watch_LFC) November 6, 2020
He’s unreal. pic.twitter.com/YQdXh7yoLU
One fan wrote on Reddit: “Wow I thought it took a touch off the keeper, that goal was even more impressive than I thought.”
Another tweeted: “Christ, I had thought that was a lucky deflection before. Brilliant.”
A third penned: “I thought it just deflected off the keeper. He’s actually intentionally kicked it into the ground to flick over the keeper ala Ozil. Unreal.”
A fourth uploaded: “Was full on convinced this defected off the keeper’s leg at the time, what a touch.”