Liverpool assistant Pep Lijnders hails ‘frightening’ Diogo Jota after returning to training

Diogo Jota is making a serious impression in Liverpool training (Picture: Getty Images)

Liverpool assistant manager Pep Lijnders is full of praise for ‘frightening’ Diogo Jota after the Portuguese star made his return to training after Euro 2020 and holiday.

The 24-year-old made a superb impact when he arrived at Anfield last summer, although his season was curtailed by injury keeping him out for three months in the middle of the campaign.

However, he is back, and after starting four games and scoring once for Portugal at Euro 2020, he is impressing once again in a Liverpool shirt.

Jota came off the bench in the friendly against Hertha Berlin earlier this week and Lijnders has praised his versatility and both his physical and technical skills, which have caught the eye.

‘It’s great Diogo has joined us because you see immediately the speed he has and, at the same time, so much control over his body and the ball,’ said the assistant boss.

‘It’s frightening. He gives our front line a lot of direction and energy.

‘Diogo is not a typical Portuguese winger who receives the ball in his feet and creates disorganisation with dribbles from outside.

‘Diogo is vertical, a second striker in the box, a pure Liverpool winger. He smells the goal, is technically on a high level. Especially with our passing game we need Diogo’s movements in behind the last line. He defends on a high level.’

The Reds have two more friendlies before the Premier League season starts on 14 August at Norwich City.

Jota will be competing for a place in the front three with Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino (Picture: Getty Images)

First they play Athletic Bilbao on 8 August, before meeting Osasuna just one day later, clearly with a very different team in action.

Liverpool have been quiet on the transfer front this summer, with just Ibrahima Konate as a major arrival although they are expected to make a signings in midfield after the departure of Gini Wijnaldum.

Atletico Madrid’s Saul Niguez and Sassuolo’a Manuel Locatelli have been touted as possible arrivals, but neither move looks close to being done.

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