Diogo Jota ready to add another new element to Liverpool’s attack after proving the X-factor in Arsenal win

Diogo Jota ready to add another new element to Liverpool’s attack after proving the X-factor in Arsenal win

Liverpool got the better of Arsenal in north London this evening, with Diogo Jota’s introduction off the bench having proven the game’s turning point.

Jota at the double

Saturday’s final, and most high-profile Premier League fixture played out at the Emirates a short time ago.

Mikel Arteta’s Gunners played host to Liverpool, aiming to climb within a solitary point of the champions in the English top-flight table.

The visitors, though, were flying high on the back of a rare positive spell of form prior to the international break, which saw them rattle off a pair of victories over RB Leipzig and Wolves.

Diogo Jota ready to add another new element to Liverpool’s attack after proving the X-factor in Arsenal win

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp gestures on the touchline during the Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool. Picture date: Sunday March 7, 2021. (Photo by Phil Noble/PA Images via Getty Images)

And, when all was said and done this evening, Liverpool went on to make it three wins from three.

On the back of an altogether lacklustre opening 45 minutes, during which Klopp’s men dominated possession but struggled to create, a much-needed piece of quality saw the scoring opened just past the hour-mark.

After being released down the right, Trent Alexander-Arnold whipped a delightful delivery into the heart of the Arsenal box, which was subsequently headed home by Diogo Jota.

And it was two just minutes later, when Mohamed Salah breezed past Gabriel Magalhaes, before coolly slotting through the legs of the onrushing Bernd Leno.

There was still time for Liverpool to pile the misery on Arsenal even further, though.

As the clash rolled into the final 10 minutes, a frankly dreadful Gabriel pass out from the back allowed Salah to pounce, with the Egyptian’s delivery across the face controlled by Sadio Mane on the turn, for Jota to lash home his 2nd of the night:

This brought a close to the scoring at the Emirates, as Liverpool climbed above both Tottenham and West Ham into 5th in the Premier League table.

Jota’s aerial ability

On a night where the champions again showcased signs that their campaign could yet be salvaged, a number of Liverpool’s stars have since been singled out for praise.

The likes of Fabinho, Salah and Nat Phillips all impressed over the course of the 90 minutes in the capital, to make short work of a generally game Arsenal side.

None, though, proved more central to the eventual result than Diogo Jota.

The Portuguese international was introduced off the bench for Andy Robertson just past the hour mark, and, within minutes, netted the game’s opening goal.

Picking up a clever position between Rob Holding and Calum Chambers, Jota ghosted in at the back post, to direct a powerful header beyond Bernd Leno, and into the roof of the Arsenal net:

The former Wolves man’s goal, though, proved significant in so much more than simply sending Liverpool on their way to another 3 points this evening.

It also showcased a new-found element to Jota’s game, which could prove absolutely crucial to the Reds’ endeavours moving forward.

Having already added an edge to Klopp’s frontline when utilised in place of the less dynamic Roberto Firmino, Jota, of late, has begun to prove himself as a genuine threat in the air.

Over the course of the international break, the 24-year-old netted a trio of goals for Portugal, ALL of which came courtesy of his head.

With Liverpool having so often come up short in their attacking efforts to this point in the campaign, generally due to being predictable and one-dimensional, Jota’s blossoming aerial prowess could completely revamp the Merseysiders’ attack, handing opposing backlines a completely new threat to plan for, and deal with.

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# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City FC 30 43 71
2 Manchester United FC 29 24 57
3 Leicester City FC 29 21 56
4 Chelsea FC 30 16 51
5 West Ham United FC 29 10 49
6 Tottenham Hotspur FC 29 19 48
7 Liverpool FC 29 12 46
8 Everton FC 28 3 46
9 Arsenal FC 29 8 42
10 Leeds United 30 -1 42
11 Aston Villa FC 28 9 41
12 Crystal Palace FC 29 -16 37
13 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 29 -10 35
14 Southampton FC 29 -15 33
15 Burnley FC 29 -15 33
16 Brighton & Hove Albion FC 29 -4 32
17 Newcastle United FC 29 -20 28
18 Fulham FC 30 -15 26
19 West Bromwich Albion 30 -34 21
20 Sheffield United FC 30 -35 14
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 18
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur FC 17
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United FC 16
Bamford, Patrick Leeds United 14
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 14
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur FC 13
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City FC 12
Gundogan, Ilkay Manchester City FC 12
Lacazette, Alexandre Arsenal FC 11
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United FC 10
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa FC 10
Rashford, Marcus Manchester United FC 9
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City FC 9
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City FC 9
Barnes, Harvey Leicester City FC 9
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace FC 9
Aubameyang, Pierre-Emerick Arsenal FC 9
Soucek, Tomas West Ham United FC 9
Maddison, James Leicester City FC 8
Ings, Danny Southampton FC 8

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