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-place 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 last season, 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.
“He’s a player who gives us so many options to use him,” said the boss when the signing was announced.
“He’s 23 years old, still far away from being kind of a finished article, so much potential. He has the speed, he can combine, can defend, can press. It makes it just more unpredictable and gives us real options for different systems because he can play pretty much all three positions up front in a 4-3-3, if we play with four midfielders he can play both wings. So, these kinds of things.
“It’s just nice. And he has some natural things which we have in our game, like this desire and the greed and the direction.”
Jota wasted no time in showcasing his talents at his new club, with his first 14 appearances yielding nine goals in all competitions, including a hat-trick away to Atalanta in the Champions League group stage.