Diogo Jota living up to Cristiano Ronaldo prediction with dream Liverpool start

Diogo Jota's start to life with Liverpool has been nothing short of breathtaking.

In his first 10 appearances – and despite starting just five of those – the 23-year-old already has seven goals to his name.

Jota has hit the ground running since his £41million summer transfer from Wolves and his form has given Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp a team selection conundrum.

While the forward was highly rated thanks to his impressive three seasons at Molineux, few expected Jota would be pushing to replace Roberto Firmino in the starting XI just months into his Liverpool career.

But Jota's scintillating start comes as no surprise to his former coach who tipped him to be Portugal's "replacement" for Cristiano Ronaldo.

Jorge Simao promoted Jota from the academy ranks to the first team will manager of Portuguese side Pacos Ferreira.

Under Simao's guidance, Jota made his senior debut in 2014 and went on to net 14 goals in 41 Primeira Liga appearances before moving to Atletico Madrid in 2016.

Reflecting on his former star in the making, Simao told Marca : "It doesn't surprise me that he's doing so well. He's doing the same as he's always done, but at Liverpool he's just more in the spotlight.

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"I remember when he signed for Porto I said that he'd be the replacement for Cristiano in the national team. There were raised eyebrows, but now a lot of people are saying the same."

Jurgen Klopp was among the onlookers amazed by Jota's impressive start at Anfield, telling Liverpool's official website : “I’m not sure if ‘surprised’ is the right word, but I don’t expect that, to be honest.

“I give the new boys the time the individual needs – and that takes sometimes longer and sometimes not that long."

The Reds boss added: “[He is] very young, 23, experienced anyway, played in one of the hardest-working teams you can face with Wolves.

“Nuno (Espirito Santo) is a very, very demanding manager so he knows that an offensive player has to do different jobs, not only creating and scoring, he has to work hard and all these kind of things.

"That all helps us and helps him, obviously, so I am really happy about the impact he had so far.”

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