Liverpool have a great opportunity to put their recent 2-2 draw against Brighton & Hove Albion in the Premier League behind them and keep their 100% win rate in the Champions League this season going with the visit of Atletico Madrid on Wednesday evening.
One Reds player that had a fairly short cameo appearance in the draw against Brighton that we feel should be in the starting XI to face Diego Simeone’s side is winger Diogo Jota, who spent two years as an Atletico player earlier in his career.
Jota’s previous start for Liverpool in their 5-0 win over Manchester United saw him score a goal, provide an assist and earn himself an impressive overall match rating of 8.5/10 according to SofaScore.
Since joining the Merseyside club back in September 2020 from fellow Premier League club Wolves in a deal worth a reported fee of £41m, the winger has managed to certainly prove himself as a good piece of transfer business from FSG having registered 17 goals and three assists in 42 appearances across all competitions.
With that kind of record in mind, it’s hardly a surprise he’s been dubbed “incredible” by former West Ham man Adrian San Miguel.
So far this season, the 24-year-old, who is currently valued at £40.5m according to Transfermarkt, has made 12 appearances for Liverpool across all competitions in which he has managed to net four times and provide two assists along the way, proving how highly thought of he is in Merseyside.
In addition to this, the winger, who has been described as “instrumental” for the Reds last season by journalist James Pearce, has managed to rack up an average of 2.2 shots per game and 1.6 key passes per game in the Premier League so far this season.
That makes him a very dangerous attacking outlet for Liverpool, which is why we think he could be a real nuisance for Atletico and their defensive players. It wouldn’t be too farfetched to say that he could potentially come back to haunt his old club if he ends up scoring against them.
Looking ahead to the match at Anfield on Wednesday, with Luis Suarez in contention to face his former club for Atletico, we feel that if Jota starts, he has the talent and ability to take the limelight off the Uruguayan striker who managed to score 82 goals in 133 appearances for the Reds and secure another win for Liverpool based on the attacking prowess he’s shown on the pitch this season.