Diogo Jota has been rewarded for his fine time on Merseyside thus far with a new deal, which will keep him at Liverpool until 2027.
The Portuguese forward arrived from Wolves in 2020 for a fee of around £40m, and has gone on to become a pivotal player in Jurgen Klopp’s side, grabbing 34 goals and 9 assists to date in 85 appearances.
Now set to be relied on further following Sadio Mane’s departure from the side and with Darwin Nunez likely to take time to acclimatise to his new side and the Premier League, the 25-year-old is an increasingly important player in Jurgen Klopp’s frontline amid a youthful overhaul.
And, as a result he has been rewarded with a new contract, with Jota keen to express how happy he was at the club currently.
“Well, [I’m] really proud, I have to say,” he told Liverpoolfc.com
“Obviously since I arrived two years ago I established myself as an important player in this team – that’s what I wanted from the beginning.
“Now, signing a new long-term deal, it’s obviously from the club’s perspective proof of the belief in myself as a player. For me, obviously it’s really good to establish I’ll be here for a while.
“So, the beginning of a new season, let’s do it.”
Jota to miss the start of the season
Unfortunately for the Portuguese forward, he is set to miss the opening month of the season with an injury sustained on international duty.
“I had an upset in this pre-season because I got injured [in the] last game of the season playing with Portugal,” he explained. “So I was coming back in this pre-season, I felt it a little bit again. So it will be a few more weeks, I would say.”
Klopp told reporters ahead of the Community Shield victory over Manchester City that “Diogo was not here with us, how could he play a football game, that could take a while, unfortunately.”