Diogo Jota sounds Fabinho concern and makes ‘amazing’ Liverpool admission
Diogo Jota admits he couldn’t have envisaged making such an impressive start to his Liverpool career after an historic night at Anfield.
Jota scored the 10,000th goal in the Reds’ history when netting the opener in the 2-0 Champions League win over Midtjylland on Tuesday.
The Portuguese has netted three goals in eight appearances since arriving from Wolverhampton Wanderers for an initial £41million last month, including two in his last two having headed the winner against Sheffield United at the weekend.
And asked if he dreamt of such an opening to life at Anfield, Jota replied: “No! I always try to help the team with running and defending.
“But obviously as a forward I want to score, when that happens I’m always happy and when we win, everything is perfect.”
Jota was on hand to score against Midtjylland after good build-up play between Xherdan Shaqiri and Trent Alexander-Arnold to create the opportunity.
And of his landmark strike, the 23-year-old said: “It’s an amazing stat, of course. The most important thing was the team getting the victory, but getting in the history books is always a mark, and I’m very pleased with that.
“We have many players with great quality so anything can happen. It was a great move and I was able to finish.”
While moving Liverpool two points clear at Group D, the win came at a cost with Fabinho limping off during the first half to join centre-backs Joel Matip and Virgil van Dijk on the sidelines.
The Brazilian, who was replaced by 19-year-old Rhys Williams, will undergo scans on a suspected hamstring problem.
“I hope everything is fine because we need him,” said Jota.
Liverpool continue a hectic period when they entertain West Ham United in the Premier League on Saturday before taking on Atalanta in Italy on Tuesday in the Champions League.
And Jota, speaking to liverpoolfc.com, said: “It’s a busy schedule and we know how important it is to keep getting victories because it’s a good habit. We’ve had two in two in the Champions League, great job.
“They (Midtjylland) had a big loss in their last game (losing 4-0 at home to Atalanta) but it wasn’t the difference the score told us.
“They showed they can be a very tough team and we struggled to get this win.”