Diogo Jota tipped to leave Liverpool and “go higher” by former teammate
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Liverpool new boy Diogo Jota has been backed to leave Anfield and 'go higher' after a scintillating start to his career on Merseyside.
The Premier League champions surprised many when they spent £41million on the Portuguese attacker in the summer but after just two months he has proven to be money well spent.
In 11 appearances this season, Jota has scored seven goals, which include a hat-trick in the Champions League win over Atalanta.
But Jota's biggest impact has been to force Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp to tweak his usual 4-3-3 formation to accommodate him alongside Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.
The forward has scored seven goals in his first 11 games for the Reds
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Jota only signed a five-year deal in September but his old team-mate at Pacos de Ferreira, Stephen Eustaquio, believes the 23-year-old will not remain at Liverpool.
He told Spanish outlet La Vanguardia : “Jota was in Pacos, Atletico Madrid, Porto, Liverpool. He works a lot.
“He is a very hard-working person, very delicate with the ball; he plays a lot.
The Reds boss has put Diogo Jota alongside Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, with Roberto Firmino at the top
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“He is not going to stay there; he is going to go higher.
"I shared a dressing room with him, he was captain of the Portugal Under-21 team.”
Meanwhile, Liverpool are set to welcome back Fabinho from injury to ease their defensive crisis against Leicester on Sunday.
The Brazilian missed Liverpool's last three matches with a hamstring injury but has resumed training and is in contention to start alongside Joel Matip in central defence.
Captain Jordan Henderson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Thiago Alcantara and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are all out.