Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said Diogo Jota will definitely be involved against Wolves tomorrow night, and branded the £45 million star ‘exceptional’.
The forward has recently returned to action following a serious calf injury he picked up before the World Cup.
Jota got minutes against Everton and then Newcastle United, before getting his first start against Crystal Palace since returning.
When Jota was on the sidelines, Liverpool had a really mixed bag of results.
In the Premier League, the Reds won five games, drew one and lost five. they did not score in four of those 11 games, which is unusual for a team like Liverpool.
Last season, Jota got 21 goals across all competitions. So he was certainly missed either side of the World Cup.
Wolves fans know all about the quality he has, and Klopp is delighted he’ll be able to call in him tomorrow night.
He said of the former Molineux man (Liverpool official): “(It’s) Massive. Diogo is an exceptional player. The next one he was injured, stuff like this, and [he] needs to get rhythm now. I think it helped him a lot [starting].
“Yes, he was tired, of course, after the game – that’s clear. [It’s the] same with him, we’ll have to see how he reacted and then finally today we have to make these kind of decisions [on] who can start or who should start.
“He will definitely be involved again if nothing happens. It’s a top-class player, so it’s great; versatile, he can play on the left wing, he can play in the centre and on the right wing as well. So, that’s really helpful for this busy period we are having.”
Klopp added on Wolves after three previous meetings already this season: “I know we all understand, players as well, so we have to give it a proper, proper, proper go in this game tomorrow night against a team [Wolves] we played more often than any other team I think this season. It’s good, we know a lot about each other, they know, of course, a lot about us as well. We know it will not be easy.”
Wolves must be wary of Diogo Jota, he’ll be determined to score his first goal of the season for Liverpool
Wolves obviously know how dangerous Jota can be with the winger having spent three great seasons at Molineux.
After starting against Palace, there’s a good chance he’ll play from the beginning again tomorrow night.
He’s not been able to score so far this term.
And Jota – who has tipped Wolves to stay up this season – would no doubt love to open his account for the season against his former club, no less.