Liverpool has the chance to really put pressure on Manchester City, following their rare blip. “world-class” talisman Diogo Jota to deliver
The tricky trip of Liverpool to Crystal Palace was shaping up to be their most important Premier League encounter. But the stakes were raised after Manchester City were held to an 1-1 draw by Southampton.
Liverpool has a chance of closing the gap of 12 points that separates them from reigning league champions, City.
After their victory over Arsenal, Reds are expected to arrive in London in buoyant spirits.
After Diogo Jota’s match-winning double in Midweek, they seem to have found a new talisman.
Liverpool will look to him as a leader again, just days following Jurgen Klopp’s declaration that the ex-Wolves ace had transformed into a legend. “world-class” striker.
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“We scored two wonderful goals, Diogo Jota on fire,”Klopp stated after the Reds had booked their tickets to Wembley midweek.
“We were completely convinced when he arrived at the club he would help us massively. Since he is here he has made another step, he has turned into a really world-class striker.
“Mentality mixed with quality is the reason we signed him. Of course he scored two goals, he is incredibly important to us, so it is that mix of his skills that is really exciting. He is in good shape as well and long may it continue.”
While Jota didn’t exactly set Anfield ablaze last year, he’s starting to make his £45m transfer fee look like a snip after netting 14 times in 27 games this term.
Liverpool could not have signed a striker who would be willing to play second fiddle in their elite attacking trio of Salah, Mane and Roberto Firmino. They also couldn’t have done it to break up the formidable trifecta.
Jota accomplished the impossible 12 months later.
He must be as untouchable and invincible as Mane, Salah, or other names such Virgil van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold.
While Klopp may be criticized for not being world-class, it is worth considering that Jota is helping Liverpool to retain their title bid in the absence Mane and Salah.
The Portuguese hotshot is in great form with his Emirates midweek double, which brought his total to five strikers in his seven last appearances.
Jota has the perfect chance to continue her streak of goalscoring and vindicate Klopp’s glowing verdict at Sunday’s Crystal Palace clash.
After City’s unusual mishap, the Reds have every chance to narrow the gap this season with Pep Guardiola and his all-conquering side.
It’s not easy to do. Liverpool fans are well aware of the dangers and haunting memories that a visit to Selhurst Park can bring.
However, suddenly the Reds’ game in south London is their most important match of the season.
They need to see their big-game players step up, and at the moment Jota is the most important player in Liverpool’s available squad.
Salah and Mane have been able to deliver on the big stage numerous times over the years to help lead the Reds to European and domestic glory.
This is not surprising as world-class performers are expected to perform in the crucial moments in front of a global audience.
Jota will be able to replicate the efforts of his team-mates, and lead the Reds to victory at Selhurst Park. After Salah and Mane return home, or Klopp’s praises, there won’t seem to be any doubt about his place in the team.
After his Carabao Cup triumphs, he has already shown he is capable of it. After 30 years of pain, Liverpool and their supporters really want the Premier League title.
Reds are desperate for a domestic title – and a victory against Palace within 24 hours of City’s rare off-day on South Coast could revive Liverpool’s claim to the title.
It all comes down to the new owners. “world-class”To give the spark, use Jota, the talisman.