Liverpool assistant manager Pep Lijnders believes Diogo Jota will ‘fit in straight away’ at Anfield and has described the Portuguese forward as a ‘pressing monster’.
Jota completed his £41 million move from Wolves last week and could be handed his debut in Liverpool’s Carabao Cup clash against Lincoln City on Thursday evening.
The 23-year-old has already trained with his new Liverpool teammates and Lijnders admits he has already been impressed with his impact.
‘Diogo, what can I say? His technical level is on the same as our front three,’ Lijnders said on Wednesday.
‘He has so much future in his feet. He will have a great part [to play] inside our club.
‘He is like a pressing monster. He will fit in straight away.
‘I’ve known him since he was very, very young because he’s from Porto. He grew up at Gondomar, a smaller club, we played against each other I think when he was young, and then he came through at Pacos de Ferreira. In Portugal they say what a great signing Liverpool made because they know exactly how he is and what kind of potential he still has.
‘As I said, he’s a pressing monster, he’ll really fit into our style. At the same time his technical level is the same as our front three.
‘We’re really happy with him and all the things we heard are true. He’s a very professional, dedicated, passionate, brave player.’
‘Good teams need good players and we’re really happy that he’s with us,’ said Lijnders.
‘This team, especially this team, deserves a player like him because he will make sure we keep evolving.
‘Teams adapt, teams try to destroy our plans and what’s most important is that we stay unpredictable.
‘And unpredictability means that from each position we can play the last pass and speed up the game as much as we can.
‘Thiago does that for us. He’s a great signing. We didn’t buy a problem we bought a solution.’