Liverpool forward Diogo Jota wants to be more of a ‘big influence’ at Anfield despite his excellent start… as Portuguese admits frustration at not being able to help jaded Reds front three while he is injured
- Diogo Jota hit the ground running at Liverpool after his £41million summer move
- The ex-Wolves forward has scored nine goals in 17 appearances for the Reds
- The Portuguese picked up a knee injury in December but could return this month
- The 24-year-old stated his aim is to maintain consistently good form at the club
Liverpool forward Diogo Jota may have made an instant impact following his transfer from Wolves but believes he has to work harder to become ‘a big influence.’
The Portugal international has scored nine goals in 17 appearances – becoming only the third Liverpool player to score an away Champions League hat-trick – before a knee problem curtailed his progress.
The injury in the dead-rubber European tie against Midtjylland in early December initially ruled out the 24-year-old for two months but he may return before the end of January.
Diogo Jota (top) got injured against Midtjylland in December but could return later this month
He said: ‘Knee injuries are always complicated so we cannot rush things, but I am doing well and I will be back on the field as soon as possible. When I’m fit I know I’ll give my best in each training session to give myself a chance of playing.
‘In Portugal they used to say the hardest thing is not to arrive but to stay there. So that of course is my target. Now that I have achieved a move to Liverpool I want to be a big influence in this club and that’s what I try to do every day.’
Jota surprised many by hitting the ground running almost instantaneously following his £41million move from Molineux in September.
The Reds star, signed from Wolves for £41m this summer, has netted nine goals in 17 games
He slotted in seamlessly with the established front three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane, with manager Jurgen Klopp trusting him to play alongside the trio in November’s 1-1 draw at Manchester City.
The Portuguese, who became the first Liverpool player to score in his first four appearances at Anfield, believes it is a role he can reprise when he is fit again.
‘When I first came my target was to get into the team and to know what we have to do on the field,’ he added in Liverpool’s matchday programme.
Jota, 24, has hit the ground running at Liverpool and broke into the excellent Reds front three
‘After that the aim is to give your best and take advantage of the opportunities you might have and that’s all I always try to do. Can we play as a four more often in the future? You would need to ask the manager as he is the one that decides.’
Klopp could certainly do with the forward’s versatility to freshen up a forward line which looked jaded in the goalless draw at Newcastle.
Instead, he may have to use the likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Xherdan Shaqiri at Southampton on Monday if he is to rest his tried-and-trusted triumvirate.
Jota will be watching from home but admits it has been a frustrating five weeks for him.
He stated: ‘Now I am supporting from the outside it is not easy. It’s even harder when you need to suffer as a fan and you can do literally nothing to help the team on the field.’
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