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Jota's 'Cool Start' & Klopp Provides Thiago Update

Jota's 'Cool Start' & Klopp Provides Thiago Update Photo: TT
Diogo Jota (R) of Liverpool celebrates with teammate Fabinho after scoring during the English Premier League match between Liverpool and Arsenal

Diogo Jota scored on his Liverpool debut as the Reds won 3-1 over Arsenal on Monday night but boss Jurgen Klopp says he’s still got some way to go.

Jota, who joined Liverpool from Wolverhampton last week, came off the bench in the 80th minute before firing home his side’s third goal on 88 minutes to wrap up all three points against the Gunners.

Earlier, Arsenal had taken a first-half lead after an error from Andy Robertson allowed Alexandre Lacazette to score.

But Liverpool hit back and took the lead within 10 minutes of the opener, thanks to strikes from Sadio Mane and Robertson, before Jota settled the contest, after both sides traded chances.

Jota’s impact was significant in that he’ll be attempting to break into the Liverpool XI ahead of Mane or Roberto Firmino but Klopp said he had plenty to learn about how the side wants to play.

“Diogo came on, played naturally his football, tried to defend the way we defend,” Klopp said.

“He is on 20 per cent of information on what we do exactly; we had meetings to talk about it and that will all take time.

“Today he had 60 or 70 minutes to watch how Sadio is doing and then he came on the pitch and did incredibly well.

“He scored a super goal, a nice first game at Anfield. He will never forget it, I will never forget it. A cool start.”

Meanwhile, another recent Liverpool debutant Thiago Alcantara was a notable absentee on Monday night, with Klopp confirming it was due a minor fitness issue.

“After the international break he will be fine, for sure,” Klopp told Sky Sports.

“That’s the situation in the moment. He is not fit enough to be involved today, but that’s it.”

Meanwhile, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was disappointed to not find an equaliser in the second half, with Lacazette guilty of spurning chances, but he was also philosophical in defeat.

“We really believed we could get something out of the game and when we had the clear chances to make it 2-2, we didn’t score,” Arteta said.

“Obviously if you want to get something out of the game here, you have to do that.”

Ben somerford
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