Diogo Jota endured a night to forget in Portugal’s 3-2 win against Croatia on Tuesday night, with the Liverpool forward struggling to have any really attacking influence on the game.
The winger, who joined from Wolves in the summer transfer window, was replaced after 77 minutes of the game against Croatia and although he picked up an assist, his passing on the night was not nearly good enough.
As per SofaScore, the 23-year-old managed a pass accuracy rate of just 56%, with only 20/36 of his passes finding their mark on the evening.
He also managed to lose possession 22 times, which was the most of any Portugal player on the pitch, demonstrating that he certainly wasn’t at his best against Zlatko Dalic’s side.
The Portuguese forward has enjoyed a superb start to life at Liverpool and has already scored seven goals in all competitions for his new club.
This included an excellent hat-trick in the 5-0 away win against Atalanta, which unsurprisingly will have got Liverpool fans very excited about his future with the Reds.
This performance earned him the praise of former Liverpool forward Michael Owen, who suggested that:
“It’s a stunning hat-trick, he missed his first big chance of the day but he learned his lesson. Then it was just a masterclass, particularly the front three.
“You want to get accepted by your team, the first thing I felt moving club, you have to earn [the] respect of your team-mates.
“Got to gain the respect and get people passing to you when you’re under pressure. People are prepared to trust him, he’s a proper player.” (per Daily Mail).
However, his performances since then have been much less impressive, as he struggled to have much impact in Liverpool’s 1-1 draw against Manchester City; where he picked up a 6.21 rating (per WhoScored).
Jota, who was labelled a “pressing monster” by Klopp’s assistant Pep Lijnders, also earned a poor 5.83 rating for his display in Portugal’s 1-0 defeat against France earlier in the international break.
Perhaps Liverpool fans and pundits were a little too quick to sing the praises of the £36 million-rated forward, as his disappointing international performances recently suggest that, although he started his Liverpool career on fire, fans should be careful not to hype him up too much too soon.