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Jurgen Klopp makes Diogo Jota claim after Liverpool’s win over Watford


Jurgen Klopp has been discussing Diogo Jota after the attacker's starring display for Liverpool vs Watford.

The Reds would face off with Roy Hodgson’s side in Saturday's early kick-off, eventually coming away with a hard-fought win.

Liverpool struggled to break the Hornets down for lengthy stretches, but broke the deadlock en route to a 2-0 triumph when Diogo Jota headed in from a Joe Gomez cross:

Klopp on Diogo Jota

After his side's victory, which saw Liverpool move top of the Premier League for a few hours, Jurgen Klopp was full of praise for Jota.

Speaking post-match, the German revealed his take that the Portuguese is 'not a pure winger':  “It was always clear that Diogo is not a pure winger; Diogo is a striker who can defend the wing and play on the wing – both wings.

“Thank God he played for us all three positions up front and always did really well. Today, in a game like this, it is really important that the boys play the game and not the position."

“That means you have to end up in these kind of situations where we struggle sometimes if we are a bit too static. This was a very fluid situation where Joey was high, got the ball, a great cross, but then if there is nobody [there] it is still the same cross with no outcome. It was a great goal, absolutely.”

Klopp then went on to suggest that Jota is slowly developing into a 'top, world-class striker':

“He is that guy and it was, for sure, always in him, but I’ve said now a couple of times, at Wolves he had a different job and he did that job that good that we thought, ‘We want him.’ Since he has come in, he has improved a lot,” Klopp said.

“That is a little bit up to his age, he is growing into the top, world-class striker role step by step.”

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Josh Barker

Josh Barker

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