Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp pinpoints moment he decided to sign Diogo Jota

Jurgen Klopp has shed light on exactly when he decided to try and sign Diogo Jota. The Portuguese was a surprise signing from the Reds in September and they moved quickly to conclude the deal within 24 hours, after completing the signing of Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich.

The decision has already proved to be yet another masterstroke from the club’s recruitment team, following Jota’s immediate impact for the Premier League champions.

Jota already has nine goals to his name in his new colours in 15 appearances in all competitions.

He netted within minutes of his Premier League debut, wrapping the game up in the 3-1 win over Arsenal in September.

Since then, Jota has hit four more in the Premier League in his past five matches.

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The latest of which came in the 1-1 draw against Brighton last weekend, with Jota now a regular starter for Liverpool as they bid to retain the title.

Furthermore, the 23-year-old also has four goals to his name in the Champions League this season, including a stunning hat-trick against Atalanta.

When he first arrived at the club, Klopp conceded that he’d been tracking the forward for quite some time, suggesting that the transfer was a while in the making.

Now the Liverpool boss has gone into further detail on how he became enchanted by Jota, during his time at Wolves.

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Klopp told UEFA: “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.”

Jota fits Liverpool’s system like a glove and his red-hot form has raised questions marks as to why none of the other ‘Big Six’ clubs were interested in his services.

Now the Portugal international is relishing the return of supporters, so he can experience what it’s really like to play in front of the Kop, this time for the home side.

“I think football without fans is strange,” he told The Athletic. “Obviously, when you play for a club like Liverpool, who have one of the best atmospheres in the world, it just feels like something is missing.

“We have a lot of these conversations with the staff and even with the players about the things we are really missing.

“Feeling the Anfield effect is the thing I am looking forward to the most. I can’t tell you how much. I’m just not able to get that feeling yet. But I hope that soon I can have it. Football without fans is nothing.”

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