Liverpool forward Diogo Jota has spoken of his desire to become “a big influence” for the Premier League champions.
After taking over since arriving for £ 41million from Wolves this summer, Jota suffered a knee injury in the Reds’ last Champions League group game against Midtjylland in early December.
The 24-year-old forward has scored nine goals in 17 appearances for Liverpool this season, winning a Champions League treble along the way. His departure from Molineux was initially greeted with some skepticism, but his performance and numbers exceeded all expectations ahead of his injury.
The Portuguese spoke about his shot (via the Daily Mail) saying: “Knee injuries are always complicated so we can’t rush things but I’m fine and will be back on the pitch as soon as possible. When I am in good shape I know that I will do my best every training session to give myself a chance to play.
On his battle for recovery, Jota went on to explain his desire not only to return to the fold, but also to be of significant importance to his club.
“In Portugal, they said the hardest part was not to arrive but to stay there. So that is of course my goal, ”he said. “Now that I have moved to Liverpool I want to be a big influence at this club and that’s what I try to do every day.”
Asked about the possibility of playing alongside the dynamic Liverpool trio of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane, Jota hijacked the question, saying it was his manager Jürgen Klopp’s decision.
“When I first arrived my goal was to join the team and find out what we need to do on the pitch,” he said. “After that the goal is to give the best of yourself and take advantage of the opportunities that you may have and that’s all I always try to do. Can we foursome more often in the future? You will have to ask the manager as he is the one who decides. “
The Liverpool Player of the Month for October and November concluded by saying how difficult it has been to watch his injured teammates, sympathizing with the club’s fans.
He added: “Now I support from the outside it is not easy. It’s even more difficult when you need to suffer as a fan and literally can’t do anything to help the team on the pitch. ”