He is much better than I thought! - Klopp hails match-winner Jota


Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp revealed new signing Diogo Jota has exceeded even his own expectations after netting the winner against West Ham on Sunday (AEDT).

With the match tied at 1-1 and the Reds seemingly missing a cutting edge going into the final 20 minutes at Anfield, Klopp called his latest addition from the bench.

Jota had a goal ruled out following a VAR review just seven minutes later but belatedly got his match-winning moment with five minutes of normal time remaining, linking up with fellow substitute Xherdan Shaqiri to score.

That Kop-end strike - his only shot that stood - was the Portuguese's third goal in his past three outings for the club and fourth overall since arriving from Wolves in a deal worth up to £45 million (A$83 million) in September.

When asked if the scale of Jota's impact had surprised even him, Klopp told BBC Sport: "Yes, of course. 

"We fought really hard that we could sign him - we didn't have to convince him too much but we really had to fight for it.

"We knew that he is an exceptional talent. He has everything I love in a football player; he has the speed, he has the physicality, he has the technique, he is both-footed, he is clear in mind, very football smart."

Source Omnisport