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The real reason Klopp has asked for a new contract for Jota

By Charles Cornwall

The real reason Klopp has asked for a new contract for Jota

The striker signed a new long-term contract with the club on Tuesday to extend his career at Anfield.

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The forward signed a new long-term contract with the club on Tuesday to extend his Anfield career, which began after a switch from Wolverhampton Wanderers in September 2020. Jota slotted seamlessly into Klopp’s set-up following his arrival and scored 34 times across his first two seasons, as well as picking up Emirates FA Cup and Carabao Cup winner’s medals in the 2021-22 campaign.

Jota, who scored 34 times in his opening two seasons at Anfield, lifted his first pieces of silverware as a Red in 2021-22, having helped Jürgen Klopp’s side win both the Carabao Cup and Emirates FA Cup during the campaign.

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Although he has several options in attack, Jota works very well with all his teammates, he knows how to adapt and also has a goal. Another important point was seen with Mohamed Salah, who by having a new contract signed in his hands, seems to have taken a weight off his shoulders and can give his all without thinking about it, which is what Jota will be looking for when he returns to 100 per cent after his injury.

Klopp's words

Reacting to the No.20’s new deal, Klopp told: “What Diogo has brought to this team and this club since he arrived is there for all to see, so it is really good news that he has signed a new contract."

“His qualities are obvious. He scores goals – not a bad quality – he works unbelievably hard for the team, his pressing and counter-pressing are on an unbelievable level, he can play in all of our attacking roles and he has an incredible attitude. Not a bad package. Not bad at all.

“As a striker who can play on the wing, he gives us so many options and since he came to Liverpool he has improved so much. I have said before that Diogo is the player we hoped he would be but also a little bit better, so long may this continue.”


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