Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp told he made transfer blunder by signing Diogo Jota

Tony Cascarino reckons Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp made a huge mistake by signing Diogo Jota over Wilfried Zaha. The Reds acquired Jota’s services from Wolves in September, initially splashing out £41million for the Portugal international.

Liverpool’s acquisition of the 23-year-old raised plenty of eyebrows as the move came somewhat out of left field.

Cascarino was among those surprised by Liverpool’s decision to sign the forward and firmly believes the defending Premier League champions would’ve been better-served signing Zaha, who has been Crystal Palace’s star performer for the last two seasons.

“Roy Hodgson had put down his challenge to Wilf,” Cascarino said during an appearance on talkSPORT. “Obviously, the transfer window came and went and he didn’t get his desired move because he wanted a move. He openly admitted it.

“When he played certain games you thought ‘Wilf, you aren’t kidding anybody’. If you want to be at your very best you have to run your socks off and create problems because you are good enough.

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I was surprised Liverpool didn’t go in for him but then they went for (Diogo) Jota and got him for £40million and a younger player who has already stepped in

Tony Cascarino on Wilfried Zaha

“He’s one of those players who is good enough to play for a Champions League team. Easily. But he’s got to be in the right frame of mind.

“When he plays like he did yesterday and he causes havoc and he runs at teams and he’s nearly unplayable at times.

“I do think there’s an element that teams do actually feel… Wilf was very expensive and you are thinking he’s 28 years old and you are going to spend £40m, £50m, £60m for Wilf and then he’s 28, 29.

“He relies on pace. Wilf has got a great turn of foot and he can get past defenders.

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“I was surprised Liverpool didn’t go in for him but then they went for (Diogo) Jota and got him for £40million and a younger player who has already stepped in.

“I thought Wilf could have played for Liverpool in the way they play. I thought he would have been superb in their setup. He gave Trent Alexander-Arnold a real hard game at Palace one afternoon.

“Klopp was on and on at Trent to try and defend. There was a penalty and he caused lots of problems for Liverpool.

“He’s good enough. I just feel he’s been priced out of the market slightly.

“Teams have looked at him and sometimes he’s on the fringes of a game when he shouldn’t be. I’ve never questioned Wilf’s ability. He’s a tremendous footballer.”

Jota has slowly begun to settle into life at Anfield, scoring two goals in four appearances for the Merseysiders’ – including the winner in the Reds’ 2-1 win over Sheffield United last weekend.

The Portuguese and his Liverpool team-mates will be back in action on Tuesday night, welcoming Danish side FC Midtjylland to Anfield for their second Champions League Group D match.

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