Jurgen Klopp admitted he was surprised by how quickly Luis Diaz has adapted, and revealed he had a “sense” about what Diogo Jota would become.
Liverpool put the pressure back on Man City when seeing off Leicester 2-0 at Anfield. Luis Diaz had the home crowd on their feet when forming a superb early partnership with Andy Robertson. Mohamed Salah returned to a hero’s welcome when substituted late on, but it was Diogo Jota that had the biggest impact.
The ever-reliable Portuguese bagged two more goals to take his season tally to 17. The first showcased his predatory instinct before wrapping up all three points with a strike that proved too hot to handle for Kasper Schmeichel late on.
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Speaking to BT Sport after the match, Klopp said: “Leicester are a really good team. The set-up was a little like they played against us in the first league game.
“I don’t think they had too many finishes but they had moments that we had to defend. We had the bigger chances and we deserved the win. It was for sure not the best we ever played but it was really good enough to win.”
Klopp knew what Jota could become
On Jota, Klopp said: “The second goal is a brilliant goal. A counter-press. I love it.
“Jota with a little genius moment to put it into the right spot. The first goal is really when you are in a goal-scoring moment then you are there. He is in that. Really happy for him and for us.”
When asked if he knew Jota would become a “fox in the box”, the German admitted: “We had a sense it could happen.
“He is not a bargain or whatever and we did not get him for free! But we hoped. He is still a young lad. We create more chances than Wolves did in all respect. We really thought he would be an outstanding player. He was already but he has improved for sure.”
When the attention turned to Diaz who the interviewer claimed looks tailor-made for Liverpool, Klopp said: “That is exactly how it looked in the training session.
“He watched us and we showed him a lot of situations. It looks natural. It is really quick I must say. Really,…