DIOGO JOTA: The fact that Mane and Salah were both among the goals against Atalanta undermines the theory that Jota’s presence might hinder their own threat. On this evidence, it is not necessarily that Jota is stealing the chances that would have fallen to the wide forwards. It might be that Liverpool looks even more formidable with this new-look front three.
Of course, Jota’s streakiness has long been a feature of his play – he averaged 1.8 goals per 90 minutes after scoring in games last season and has shown himself to be far more likely to score in the next game after scoring too. But he is flying right now and with so much at stake against City on Sunday, Klopp will surely be tempted to allow Jota to continue to soar.
It is the fourth consecutive game in which Jota has scored for Liverpool – something that he never achieved for Wolves. Perhaps more significantly, it means Jota has now scored seven goals for his new club already despite signing for the club little more than six weeks ago. That is two more goals than Firmino has scored for Liverpool in the entire calendar year.
Opta stats – Ruthless Reds reign in Italy
- Diogo Jota has bagged six goals in his last four games for Liverpool in all competitions (after just one in the first six for the Reds), with only Mohamed Salah (9) netting more goals than the Portuguese for the club this season (7).
- Diogo Jota netted the 10th hat-trick by a Liverpool player in European Cup/Champions League history, after Mané, Coutinho, Benayoun, Owen, Rush, Wark, Souness (x2), and McDermott.
- Mohamed Salah is now the joint-highest European Cup/Champions League goalscorer in Liverpool history, along with Steven Gerrard (21).
- Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp finally won away in Italy in the Champions League after losing on each of his five previous visits in the competition, courtesy of defeats to Napoli (3), Juventus, and Roma.
- Liverpool has won each of their last four away games in the Champions League group stage, after losing four in a row before this between October 2018 and September 2019 (all under Jürgen Klopp).
- Atalanta’s defeat was the second-biggest ever by an Italian side on home soil in European competition, after Roma’s 1-7 loss to Bayern Munich in October 2014 in the Champions League.
- This was only the second time in Champions League history that Liverpool started with two teenagers, via Rhys Williams and Curtis Jones (also Danny Guthrie and Lee Peltier v Galatasaray in December 2006).