Diogo Jota insists he can be the man to turn Liverpool’s front three into a fantastic four ahead of the clash with Real Madrid … and hopes to continue to capitalize on Trent Alexander-Arnold’s ‘unreal power’.
- Diogo Jota believes he can help add a new dimension to Liverpool’s attack
- Jota has been brought back to life on the Reds’ front line since coming back from injury
- The Portuguese winger believes he can turn the famous front three into a fantastic four
- He also hopes to continue his prolific connection game with Trent Alexander-Arnold
- The two combined this weekend in Liverpool’s comfortable victory over Arsenal
Diogo Jota believes he can add a new dimension of attack to the Liverpool front three and turn it into a dynamic front four in an attempt to revive their stuttering form.
Since returning in March from a knee injury that kept him out of the game for four months, Jota has helped the Reds win again by scoring three goals and scoring one more goal in his last three games.
The Portuguese winger stood up to Arsenal for just 30 minutes, but managed to make a brace against the Gunners in a system where he was on the pitch alongside Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.
Diogo Jota believes he can be the man who can turn Liverpool’s front three into a fantastic four
It was a welcome sight for Liverpool fans, who could see Jurgen Klopp play all four men against Real Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday evening.
And while he appears to have disrupted the status quo at Anfield, Jota hopes to help the team if called upon.
When asked if he was no longer a backup of Salah, Firmino and Mane, Jota told BT Sport: ‘I know what you mean by the front three, the world was clearly talking about them because of the team’s performance in general, so they can shine for being an attacking trio.
‘But then it is up to the manager to decide who will play or which system we will use.
Jota scored twice against Arsenal that saw Klopp line up his best four forwards at once
Speaking of the last game [against Arsenal] For example, we changed the system and we played all four so that things can happen and we can play different systems so that the manager decides what’s best for the team and that we as individuals should do our best on the field. ‘
Jota also revealed how Klopp told him to be more present in the box – a tactic that has clearly been paying off lately.
‘Yes, that’s what he does [Klopp] asked me to have some more presence in the box, ”Jota added. ‘Fortunately for me, I was always able to score immediately with a good cross [against Arsenal]
‘We all know each other, I haven’t known them as long as they do, but I do my best to get to know them as best I can so that we can take advantage of that in the games.
‘In the box I don’t look to do too many things, if the goal is to score goals in a football match, then I want to do that. In terms of scoring or delivering or dragging defenders if that’s the goal, that’s what I want to do. ‘
Jota also praised Trent Alexander-Arnold for his ‘unreal’ crossing ability
Jota also praised his telepathic relationship with Trent Alexander-Arnold, who set him up for his first game against Arsenal with a superb cross just three minutes after Jota attacked.
[The goal against Arsenal] was not his first assist [for me]Being an attacker, I always want to take advantage of the skills of others to pass and cross, ”Jota explained.
“Passing and crossing Trent is unreal, so we have to take advantage of our special qualities, I would say, and Trent crossing is one of them.”
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