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Diogo Jota has spoken out following the announcement of his new deal at Liverpool.
The forward was only two years into his initial long-term contract he signed after he arrived during lockdown, and has since bagged 34 goals in 85 matches across two seasons.
“Well, [I’m] really proud, I have to say. 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.”
Manager Jurgen Klopp has also praised the forward:
"His qualities are obvious. He scores goals – not a bad quality – he works unbelievably hard for the team, his pressing & counter-pressing are on an unbelievable level, he can play in all of our attacking roles and he has an incredible attitude. Not a bad package."
Many believed that the Portuguese international would simply be a backup option for the original front three of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, but his great form managed to break the trio up into a rotational system.
This deal now means that, with the exception of Firmino, all of Liverpool’s forwards are signed until 2025 at least, with Salah’s, Luis Diaz’s and Darwin Nunez’s futures all secured.
The Portugal international is currently out injured with a hamstring problem he sustained during the summer break, but is due back to training in a fortnight.
Jota won’t be available for the start of the campaign, as mentioned, but will look to have a big impact for Liverpool as they once again challenge for the Premier League and UEFA Champions League.