Diogo Jota scored his first goal for Liverpool as he netted in the 3-1 victory over Arsenal on Monday night and he has revealed the message Jurgen Klopp left ringing in his ears as he took to the field at Anfield.
The 23-year-old was making his Premier League debut for the Reds after signing from Wolves earlier this month and immediately began to repay the £41m spent on him.
The Portuguese came on with 10 minutes to play and volleyed home from the edge of the area in the 88th minute to complete the scoring.
Thrilled to make an impact so early in his Liverpool career, the Portugal international is targeting plenty more goals for the Premier League champions and explained his new boss gave him as he replaced Sadio Mane.
‘It is an amazing feeling,’ Jota told Sky Sports. ‘I just wish it could be with a full stadium but I am happy to seal the win for the team and get the result.
‘In football sometimes you score, sometimes you miss and you have to believe you are going to score and fortunately I did.
‘[The manager] told me to keep pressing like we were doing and be happy with the ball and do what I used to do. Play good football and press without the ball.
‘I will do my job in training every day, hard work and do my best on match day.
‘The first one is always the hardest one, to keep on going is the is the most important think. I have one, I want more.
‘We are pretty much in the beginning, three games in and we want to keep going and get three points in the next game.’
The Reds boss feels Jota is learning quickly and was thrilled to see him get an early reward for his efforts.
‘Diogo came on, played his natural football, tried to defend the way we defend and he’s only on about 20 per cent of information for what we do exactly,’ said Klopp.
‘We had team meetings to talk about it, but it will take time.
‘Today he had like 60 or 70 minutes time to watch how Sadio is doing it and he came on the pitch and played incredibly well.
‘He scored a super goal, nice first game at Anfield. So he will never forget that and I will never forget it, so a cool start.’