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Sport Diogo Jota's transfer to Liverpool explained: Following the Sadio Mané blueprint

19:29  21 september  2020
19:29  21 september  2020 Source:   fourfourtwo.com

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Where will Diogo Jota fit into a Liverpool side that possesses one of the best attacks in football? BBC Sport takes a look. With Liverpool already boasting one of the best attacks in football in Sadio Mane , Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah, where does Jota fit in?

Liverpool are in the final stages of signing Wolverhampton Wanderers winger Diogo Jota . On Friday various outlets, including The Times, reported that the club have Earlier today the club announced that they had completed a deal to bring Spanish midfielder Thiago from Bayern Munich to Liverpool .

a man holding a microphone: Diogo Jota © Provided by FourFourTwo Diogo Jota

Potential. Unpredictable. Press. Speed. Options. Jurgen Klopp’s first answer about Diogo Jota seemed to contain a checklist of what he wants in an attacking signing. Liverpool’s buys tend to be on an upward curve in their careers, ready to be moulded by Klopp. Their forwards tend to be neither really wingers nor strikers but hybrids capable of flourishing in the channels.

In the space of a paragraph, Liverpool’s surprise move for Jota made sense. A leftfield transfer few predicted has bought them a new left winger. An eventual sum of £45 million has given them an understudy to Sadio Mané and, either directly or indirectly, given the Senegalese’s ability to switch flanks, Mohamed Salah.

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is reportedly set to add Diogo Jota to his squad. © Reuters. Liverpool are set to continue splashing the cash by reportedly closing in on a £41 million ( The 23-year-old’ s expected arrival at Anfield will follow Thiago Alcantara’ s switch from Bayern Munich on

Liverpool have signed Diogo Jota from Wolves just a day after completing a deal for Thiago He is expected to initially play as a backup to the front three of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was keen to add strength in depth up top after missing out on Timo

Mane represents the obstacle, the role model and the roadmap. Rewind four years - the winger Liverpool acquired, Klopp’s first major signing, had certain similarities with Jota now. He had helped Southampton to seventh and sixth, whereas the Portuguese had taken Wolves to seventh and seventh. Mané was 24, Jota is 23.

They were sporadically brilliant, but also inconsistent. Many a forward scores in fits and spurts, but that tendency is more pronounced in the early-period Mané and the more recent Jota. The older man finished his Southampton career with eight goals in as many games, but he had failed to score in the previous 16. Jota had droughts of nine and eight matches last season and ended with one goal in his last 13 outings. He nonetheless recorded a very respectable 16 goals, the highest tally of anyone outside the big six who was not a specialist striker.

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Jota ' s move follows the Anfield club' s £20m capture of Spain midfielder Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich on Friday. Jota can play across the forward line and would provide further cover - in addition to Takumi Minamino and Divock Origi - for Liverpool ' s front three of Sadio Mane , Roberto Firmino

Diogo Jota has completed a surprise £41m transfer from Wolves to Liverpool . Jota is set to provide back-up for front three Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane . The same cannot as yet be said for Liverpool ' s January signing Takumi Minamino following his arrival from Red Bull Salzburg.

His time at Molineux showed an ability to score against elite opponents – Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester United – which echoed Mané’s record at Southampton. And yet that propensity to blow hot and cold was such that a scorer of two Europa League hat-tricks last season was only the second attacking substitute Wolves used in their biggest European match for almost half a century.

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The challenge for Jota is to become consistent in the way Mané, who has not gone six matches without scoring since 2018, has, to turn intermittent excellence into a permanent threat. The encouraging element is that Klopp took Mané, who finished fourth in the voting for the Ballon d’Or last year, to another dimension. The five-year difference in their ages suggests the newcomer is his potential successor.

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Diogo Jota could take Sadio Mane ' s old number (Image: GETTY). But things have moved quickly in the past few days with Liverpool agreeing an Mane scored an impressive 33 goals in just 67 games during his time wearing the No 19 on his back and Jota would certainly go some way to repaying his

Diogo Jota has been labelled as the ideal man to boost Liverpool ’ s title defense by putting While having Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino as their attacking trident makes Liverpool the Speculation about a loan move or transfer involving a buy-back deal continues. Why Klopp was so

And yet there is a fundamental difference. Mané was a major objective for Klopp, who admitted he regretted not signing him for Borussia Dortmund. Jota did not just feel an afterthought after Liverpool bought Thiago Alcantara, albeit a more expensive one. He stands out because he does not conform to the pattern of recruits that propelled Liverpool to the Premier League and the Champions League.

There is no doubt Timo Werner was their intended prime attacking addition this year. It is entirely understandable that coronavirus has altered plans and he went to Chelsea instead. There are factors that facilitated Jota’s move: the low fee up front, the reality Ki-Jana Hoever has gone to Wolves in part-exchange. But he feels a compromise choice for a club whose transfer-market prowess in recent years has stemmed from a refusal to sign anyone other than the first-choice target.

Liverpool did not scour the lower reaches of their shortlists after failing to get Alisson and Virgil van Dijk. They bought the man they wanted most. There can be no pretence that Jota falls into the same bracket. Instead, he ticks many a box on Liverpool’s checklist. But to become a Mané-esque threat in the penalty area means a player who is potent on his day will have to ensure those days are more frequent.

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says Diogo Jota ’ s ability to fill any role within his front three Thiago Alcantara will be part of the group travelling to London following his £20m signing on Friday. When you look at the Premier League, you always see Liverpool as one of the biggest teams in the

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed why the Reds pushed hard to sign Diogo Jota from Wolve after completing a £45 million (m) deal In need of an attacker that could fill in for Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane when the time comes, Liverpool landed on Jota , who Klopp

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