Graeme Souness has revealed his one ‘question mark’ over Liverpool’s deal for Portugal international Diogo Jota.
The Premier League champions completed a £41million deal with Wolves earlier in the month, with Jota penning a five-year deal at Anfield.
Jota had spent three successful years at Wolves and made his Liverpool debut on Thursday in the 7-2 EFL Cup victory over Lincoln City.
Souness believes Jota ‘fits the bill’ for Liverpool but says the 23-year-old is not guaranteed to be able to cope with the extra pressure and scrutiny at Anfield.
He told The Times: ‘[Fellow new Liverpool signing Thiago] has played at the highest level, at big clubs in Barcelona and Bayern Munich, so won’t be intimidated by coming to Liverpool and playing under pressure.
‘He’ll understand that you’re playing in cup finals every week because the opposition badly wants to beat you. He can deal with all that.
‘That would be my only question mark against Diogo Jota, Liverpool’s other new signing.
‘At Wolves, it wasn’t a cup final every week but it will be at Liverpool, so he has to show that he’s ready for that.
‘Otherwise, he fits the bill to deputise anywhere in that front three. He’s got great technique and understanding of the game, he’s already shown he can deal with the English game and play in a team that works hard, as Wolves do.
‘Although he’s scored some important goals, I always felt that Divock Origi was never going to hold down a regular place in that Liverpool team, so Jota has to try to do that.’
Jota, meanwhile, says it was ‘impossible’ to reject Liverpool after they expressed interest in securing his signature.
‘It’s just a really exciting moment for me and my family,’ he said.
‘When you look at the Premier League, you always see Liverpool as one of the biggest teams in the country, so it’s impossible to say no.
‘I think I am a team player. I play up front and my job is to find a way to score goals and to provide assists and that’s what they can expect from me – that I will always do my best.
‘I will always try to help the team in the best way possible.’
Jota could make his Premier League debut for Liverpool on Monday night when Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal travel to Anfield.