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Liverpool: Diogo Jota disappointed in Benfica draw

Liverpool secured their place in the semi-finals of the Champions League last night following on from their 3-3 draw against Benfica at Anfield.

Ibrahima Konate opened the scoring for the home side after 21 minutes, only for Goncalo Ramos to equalise just after the half-hour mark. Two goals from Roberto Firmino in the second half restored the Reds’ lead before Roman Yaremchuk and Darwin Nunez found the back of the net to level things up on the night.

Having secured a 3-1 win in Portugal in the first leg, Jurgen Klopp’s side will now take on Spanish club Villarreal in the next round after they overcame Bayern Munich to secure their place in the semi-finals.

Despite the overall positive result, one figure in a Liverpool shirt who had a fairly underwhelming display last night was Diogo Jota.

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With 57 minutes played before being replaced by Mohamed Salah, the 25-year-old had 42 touches of the ball in total, which was significantly fewer than goalkeeper Alisson Becker (61). Even though he got the assist for Firmino’s first goal of the evening, this was the only real positive about his performance.

With 21 goals to his name in 43 appearances across all competitions so far this season, the Reds dynamo failed to even have one shot at goal on Wednesday night.

During the recent international break, the winger was slammed by The Athletic journalist Tim Spiers for an “awful” miss he had in one of Portugal’s games, showing that he isn’t always clinical in front of goal.

Having lost possession 12 times in total last night, the Portugal forward also lost 92% of his duels, gave two fouls away and was dribbled past on one occasion. He also failed to make even one tackle for his team, showing just how ineffective he was off the ball.

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This display ultimately earned the former Wolves star an underwhelming overall match rating of 6.6/10, making him one of the lowest-rated Liverpool players to start the match according to SofaScore. Jota’s second-half replacement even racked up a higher match rating than him, despite only playing for just over half an hour.

Taking all this into account, it was undoubtedly a below-par performance from Jota, who may now have put his place in the starting XI to take on Manchester City at the weekend at risk.

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