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Diogo Jota Forward
D.O.B 4/12/96
Place of Birth Porto
D.O.B 4/12/96
Place of Birth Porto

Signed: 2020
Appearances: 93
Goals: 34
Honours: FA Cup (2022), Carabao Cup (2022)


Diogo Jota provided further Premier League-proven quality in Jürgen Klopp's Liverpool squad after signing a long-term deal to join from Wolverhampton Wanderers in September 2020.

The new Reds No.20 had netted 16 goals in 67 top-flight outings in the previous two seasons as Wolves recorded successive seventh-placed finishes, plus nine Europa League strikes during a run to the quarter-finals in 2019-20.

A hugely versatile forward capable of featuring in any role of a front three and in wide midfield positions, Jota earned full international honours for Portugal, too, and opened his account for his country just weeks before signing for Liverpool.

He originally switched to Wolves on loan from Atletico Madrid in 2017 and hit 17 goals that year to help fire them out of the Championship as league winners before making the move to Molineux permanent and successfully transferring his talents to the Premier League.

Having begun his career in his homeland with Pacos de Ferreira, Jota's rapid progress following a debut in 2014 had prompted Atletico to swoop for his services in 2016 – though he never actually appeared for the Spanish club.

Instead, he spent 2016-17 on loan at FC Porto, scoring eight times in the Primeira Liga and gaining Champions League experience, including a goal against Leicester City.

By 2020, with Liverpool aiming to follow up their Premier League and European Cup triumphs of the previous two campaigns, Klopp had identified Jota as a natural fit for his squad.

Jota wasted no time in showcasing his talents at his new club, reaching double figures in goals after just 21 appearances despite his debut season being interrupted by a knee injury sustained in December that ruled him out for around three months.

His progress accelerated again in 2021-22, the forward plundering 21 goals in all competitions and playing a key role as the Reds lifted the FA Cup and Carabao Cup while narrowly missing out on the Premier League and Champions League.

Then, ahead of the beginning of the next season, Jota extended his time with the club by penning a new, long-term contract at Anfield.