The Reds reestablished their lead at the top of the Premier League table last night.
After a slow start and a goalless first half, Darwin Nunez and Diogo Jota found the cutting edge.
The pair bagged a brace each as Liverpool eased to a 4-0 win on the south coast.
The pressure is now back on the chasing pack of Manchester City and Arsenal, although the reigning champions have a game in hand over Liverpool.
Diogo Jota has been in fine form since returning from his injury, managing 3 goals and four assists since returning to the team against Burnley last month.
With Mohamed Salah’s absence, Jota has shone and has taken the goal scoring responsibility on himself.
Despite his performances this term, it can sometimes feel like Jota does not get the appreciation he deserves.
With all the talk on Mohamed Salah, Darwin Nunez, and even Luis Diaz, one can sometimes forget about the diminutive Portuguese international.
Ex-Manchester City man Micah Richards seems to think so, with the Sky Sports pundit recently heaping praise on Jota while remarking that he is underrated.
What did Micah Richards say about Diogo Jota?
Speaking on the Rest is Football podcast, Richards believes that Jota can slip under the rader despite his exploits in a Liverpool shirt:
“Can we talk about Jota? We talk about Salah so many times but every time Jota comes on he makes a difference, when he starts he makes a difference.”
“And Salah, yes, rightly so we give him all the accolades, but Jota is unbelievable.”
“He can play left, right or through the centre. He never moans, he works hard. He has everything for this time,” Richards gushed.
“I think what are they going to do without Salah?”
“Diaz maybe hasn’t been the same level as last season. And then second half they just turn the screw.”
“It’s alright having depth, but doing it in the vital moments. He is doing that and assisting when the pressure is on.”
“His assist for Nunez’s goal was magnificent. I just think he needs to start getting the credit he deserves.”
Jota is having an unbelievable season, there’s no doubt about that.
The 27-year-old has 11 goals this season, only behind Salah’s tally of 18 goals for a Liverpool player.
Jota is no stranger to coming off the bench and managing to score, making his tally even better.
If he can manage to stay fit for the rest of the year, Jota can play a big part in deciding the complexion of Liverpool’s 2023/24 season.
In other news, Alexis Mac Allister has given Diogo Jota a new nickname.