Diogo Jota has been tipped to become Liverpool’s main man up front by one of the most prolific strikers in Premier League history.
The Portugal international – who netted three times in two games for his country during last week’s World Cup qualifiers – made a scoring return to club football by coming off the bench to bag a brace in Liverpool’s 3-0 victory at Arsenal on Saturday night.
Jota’s double strike took his seasonal tally to 12 so far for the Reds.
Jurgen Klopp’s fabled front three of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino has been one of the most-feared attacking trios in word football in recent seasons but rather than just being an impact substitute, going forward, 24-year-old Jota is being backed to be the spearhead of Liverpool’s frontline.
The Metro quote Ian Wright, who scored 185 goals in 288 games for Arsenal, as telling Premier League Productions: “You look at the three guys up front, they’re getting to that stage of their career, 29, 30s.
“You need that next person there. He’s obviously there. He’s ready to go.
“You look at Roberto Firmino, who is one of my favourites. Because of maybe his goal output, which people can have a dig at him for, but what he brings to the team is magnificent… but what Jota brings, apart from the workrate, the press, is the goals, the impact.
“You look at him now and think, yeah, he’s probably one of those that Liverpool have got who can come on. He can easily get 15 or 20 goals a season.
“We’re talking about not being there for so long and he’s in, scoring goals and you feel he’s just going to be a mainstay, without a shadow of a doubt.”
Wright’s thoughts were echoed by former Liverpool striker Michael Owen who believes that Jota must now start in Tuesday night’s Champions League trip to another of his former clubs, Real Madrid.
Speaking on the same outlet, Owen said: “He (Jota) plays. Definitely.
“I think he played before today, if I’m honest. He’s come back from international duty, scoring three goals in two games.
“Most managers this weekend so far have rested a lot of their players who have played a lot of international football. Jurgen Klopp did exactly the same, he went for a bit of freshness with Firmino in there.
“I think he’s going to start, who would have thought that? We’ve spoken about the three attacking players for Liverpool, never being challenged.
“You would have thought he’s coming in for backup but in the blink of an eye – he’s had a decent sized injury in the middle as well – all of a sudden, I think if it’s the Champions League final tomorrow he’s one of the first names, he’s certainly starting.”