Diego Jotha announced himself at the international arena last night, the only time in the seventh match for Portugal that the Liverpool team had a direct three-goal lead on Wednesday night. They beat Sweden 3-0.
It came into the game after scoring the second goal in a 4-1 win over Croatia last month.
He has been in the region since the kick-off, even without his country’s talisman Cristiano Ronaldo. In the first minute of the match, he completed the first dribble of the night as part of a strong run on the counter, which saw a shot just wide of the post.
Liverpool created the opening goal for newcomer Bernardo Silva with an easy finish.
Two minutes before half-time, the hosts doubled the lead – goalkeeper Trent Alexander-Arnold caught the attention. Manchester City and Portugal right-back Joao Concelo handed a delicious cross from a deep position – almost level with the edge of the center – which enabled the Swedish defense to go behind and score.
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It was a cross delivered with precision that had become Alexander-Arnold’s trademark for the past few years. We can see what happens when Jota’s excellent runs and the opposition ‘s place in the penalty areas reunite in the red.
After all, Sadio Mane has been receiving assists throughout the Liverpool career from the trend, with Jota taking on similar positions.
Liverpool’s No. 20 goal in the 72nd minute completed the hat-trick. Taking the ball to the left side of the penalty area, Jonda Pontus overtook Johnson’s disappointing tackle and hit the ball home.
It was his fourth and final successful take on the night, with at least two more than all the other players, finishing the Swedish team overall. More precisely from Liverpool’s point of view, the move of the pair and the finish for the goal was Mane-esque.
While some try to argue that football is not up to the standards of the International Premier League, scoring twice and providing an assist is not something that is paired with England’s top division.
It was a night around the former wolves. He had six shots in total, Nuno Espirito Santo’s personal best in league football. In addition to creating the opening goal, Jota then provided another opportunity for a team member. Robin Olsen saved Bruno Fernandes’ attempt but it turned out to be a Premier League player.
With a total of eight direct shot interventions, Jotha lost an embarrassment of his record in the English top flight. He scored five shots in a 1-1 draw at Arsenal last November. However, his performance against Sweden was serious and undoubtedly the best of his career.
He has agreed a 41m + deal to move from Wolves to Anfield, and is ready to stay with Jurgen Klopp.
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The boat will have no illusions. It would be incredibly difficult for him to permanently oust one-third of Liverpool’s established front.
Since Mane’s fitness level is a bit unclear following the Corona virus attack, Jota’s stunning appearance means he’s lined up for a start in the Merseyside Derby at lunch on Saturday. His bid for Portugal in the Nations League means he will earn more than a place in the starting XI on Jorgen Klopp’s derby day.
Although he will only start on the bench this weekend, his recent exploits will prove to be a game changer if Jurgen Klopp feels the need to make any changes on his part during the game.
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