Klopp to TV 2: Tributes to the Liverpool debutant


Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal

Watch TV 2’s interview with Jürgen Klopp, including about Diogo Jota, above!

Thiago Alcântara has received most of the attention from Liverpool’s summer signings, but on Monday night there was another new signing that was to appear before the Reds.

Diogo Jota, who came from Wolverhampton for around half a billion kroner, abused two goal chances before he on attempt number three scored a debut goal in front of The Kop. The goal just before the end fixed the result against Arsenal to 3-1.

After the victory, Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp told the following to TV 2 about his new recruit:

– I am happy on his behalf, because he fits so well with the way we play. You saw it in the situations tonight. We have not talked about it, a little here and there, but he watched the match and tried to recreate what the others did. It was very good, and I saw that he smiled, which is even better.

The goal scorer himself was also very happy after his debut in the floodlights at Anfield.

– It was a fantastic feeling, of course. I just wish it was in front of full stands. It would have been even more special, but I am very happy that I helped the team and determined the result. The victory was the most important thing, the 23-year-old told Sky Sports and followed up:

– The first goal is always the most difficult. Now I just have to keep going, I have one goal, but I want more.

See Premier League studio’s analysis of Diogo Jota below!

– A good growth

In addition to Jota, the reigning Premier League winners have strengthened the stable with Thiago Alcântara and Kostas Tsimikas this summer. The German manager, however, will not hear talk that the team can not be further improved.

– Of course we are not a complete team, no team is complete in football. But, of course, we signed him because we think he can be a good addition, as we did with the other two boys, Klopp told TV 2 on Monday night and added:

SELFIE: Diogo Jota took a selfie at Anfield after the match. Photo: Lars Magnus Igland Røys / TV 2

– We have said it before, improving a very good team is challenging. What we need are the right players, those who will sign for us and who are ready to fight for a place on the team.

It remains to be seen whether Jota, who scored 44 goals in 131 games for Wolves, will start in the next game or whether he will remain a joker from the bench for the Merseyside team.

– It is not up to me to decide, it is the manager. I will do my job every day, in training and in battle and try to help the team, Jota told Sky Sports.

The striker’s next chance to do just that is against Monday’s opponent Arsenal in the League Cup on October 1. Klopp’s men then travel to Birmingham for an away match against Aston Villa in the Premier League three days later.


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