Diogo Jota opens up on Mo Salah and Sadio Mane influence on Liverpool form

Diogo Jota hailed the influence of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane after plundering a hat-trick in Liverpool's 5-0 thrashing of Atalanta in the Champions League.

Jota's treble on Tuesday took his tally to seven goals in 10 games since he joined Jurgen Klopp's side in a surprise£40million switch during the transfer window.

And he was joined on the scoresheet by Salah and Mane, with the latter also turning provider for Jota's third goal as Liverpool ruthlessly swatted Atalanta aside.

After the Group D encounter, Jota – who has now scored in his last four games for Liverpool – was asked if he was in the best form of his career.

"Well I am playing in the best team in my career, for sure," Jota told BT Sport.

"I don't know if it's my best moment but obviously scoring goals is my way of playing football. I'm really happy with this. Great win away in the Champions League. Good moment, good night."

Jota played down his own role in the victory, praising his two frontline partners for making life easy for him at the Stadio di Bergamo.

"Obviously, two world class players," he said of Salah and Mane.

"We all know their quality makes it easier for me to do my job because they are outstanding players and I think we had a great game together today."

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Jota was replaced by Roberto Firmino on 65 minutes, and appeared to be clutching his leg as he left the field.

Given the ex-Wolves man's form, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp will hope he hasn't suffered anything serious.

And BT Sport pundit Rio Ferdinand said Firmino will be fearing his regular starting spot given Jota's recent performances.

"I'm sure Firmino will be sitting there compiling a little playback list to give to Klopp to remind him of what he's capable of doing," said the ex-Manchester United and England defender.

"Firmino, like it or not, will want to start and this guy's putting him under huge pressure."

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