Jurgen Klopp has outlined the first time that Diogo Jota caught his eye when playing for Wolves, before his £41 million move to Liverpool.
UEFA quote the German as saying: ‘Diogo, I liked, honestly, from the first game I saw him playing for Wolves. That’s how it is. He had no idea about that, obviously, but for me it was always clear that when he was kind of in reach, I would go for him because he’s very, very interesting and had an exciting career so far: what he did, where he’s come from, the moves he made, bam bam bam.
‘I liked the discipline he showed, plus the creativity he showed, plus the desire he showed. And his skills are pretty good anyway, so I got a lot of good signs before we signed him that it could work out.’
On the basis of those comments, it seems as if the former Borussia Dortmund boss had his heart set on Jota as soon as he laid eyes on him.
Another evident thing is that Klopp clearly has a brilliant eye for talent.
Some eyebrows were raised when Liverpool spent £41 million on the Portugal attacker over the summer, but Jota has proven to be an inspired signing.
So far this season, the 23-year-old has netted nine goals in his first 15 games as a Liverpool player, which is phenomenal – he has settled incredibly quickly.
Interestingly, a handful of Jota’s goals have carried significance.
The Porto-born attacker scored the winning goal in Premier League victories over West Ham and Sheffield United, while also scoring the Reds’ only goal in their 1-1 draw against Brighton.
That means Jota has earned seven points for Liverpool almost single-handedly.
Without those points, Klopp’s men would be level on 14 points with Leeds and Newcastle, who are 12th and 13th respectively.
Without him, things might’ve been looking pretty bleak at Anfield.