Diogo Jota bagged a sensational hat-trick in Liverpool’s 5-0 win away at Atalanta on Tuesday night – leaving Jurgen Klopp in awe on the touchline.
Jota, who sealed a £45million move from Wolves in the summer transfer window, inspired the Reds’ five-goal triumph after replacing Roberto Firmino at the pinpoint of Klopp’s attack.
The Portugal star first produced a deft touch to convert past Atalanta goalkeeper Marco Sportiello after 16 minutes, before controlling the ball in the box and smashing it into the bottom-left corner 17 minutes later.
And having already moved out of sight thanks to strikes from Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, he sealed the rout 10 minutes into the second half by rounding Sportiello and converting into an empty net.
While all of his goals on the night were extremely well-taken, Jota’s second was perhaps the most impressive.
Klopp’s reaction on the touchline certainly seemed to suggest so, with the Liverpool boss seen bellowing: “What a finish, Diogo!”
Jota’s hat-trick has left Klopp with a selection headache ahead of the Premier League champions’ crunch clash with Manchester City this weekend.
Firmino has developed a formidable partnership with Salah and Mane over the past three years, but the Brazilian has only scored one goal in 11 appearances this season compared to Jota’s superior tally of seven in 10.
When asked about the conundrum, Klopp said: “Good performances never give me a headache," he added.
“But the world is sometimes in a really a bad place, when at the moment somebody is shining, we speak immediately about another player, and I immediately have to explain why he is in the team.
“We would not even be in the Champions League if Bobby Firmino would not be with us. He will be in the team and he is one of ours.
“A lot of people in the world ask what makes Liverpool special, I would say Bobby Firmino playing.
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“For us it is important we have more than 11 – and tonight Diogo, but that says nothing about Bobby and is absolutely nothing to do with me having a headache.
“I am more than happy with the way the boys played tonight, they were incredible.”
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