Liverpool transfer news: Diogo Jota told he is better than two Jurgen Klopp weapons | Football | Sport
Diogo Jota is already a distinct improvement on the Liverpool squad with John Barnes claiming he is already better than two of Jurgen Klopp’s attackers. The Portugal international made the move from Wolves this summer.
It came after the Reds were knocked back in their bid to sign Watford star Ismaila Sarr – who would have cost £40m.
But Wolves allowed Liverpool to pay just a fraction of the fee this year with the rest expected over the coming seasons.
And though he is not expected to star, with the Afcon coming up Jota can play a pivotal role at a crucial period of the campaign.
Furthermore, Barnes believes he is better than current options Xherdan Shaqiri and Divock Origi.
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“We have been fortunate in that whilst we didn’t have a big squad our main players stayed fit,” Barnes told TalkSport.
“I don’t think a couple of our main players, especially if a couple of our forwards got injured for a long period of time, I don’t think we would have maintained the way we play by bringing Origi in that position for three months or Shaqiri.
“But with Jota coming in, similar with Thiago, if he has to play for three or four months it isn’t going to be a problem. So, he’s made very good signings.”
Meanwhile, John Aldridge has told Liverpool fans to believe in Klopp over the move for Jota.
The former Reds striker told the Liverpool Echo: “He’s quick, his delivery is very good, he can play in a number of forward positions and he knows where the back of the net is.
“Don’t forget a lot of his appearances for Wolves have come as a substitute so that paints a bit of a false picture when it comes to his creative ability.
“It might seem a lot of money to some people but Liverpool fans should trust the manager implicitly because look how many decisions he’s got right.
“If he believes Jota is worth that, with Ki-Jana Hoever going the other way, it could turn out to be a really good deal for Liverpool.
“Our striking options are looking really good now. Mo Salah showed on the opening weekend he’s as hungry as ever and Sadio Mane displayed what he’s all about again at Chelsea.”
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