KEY POINTS

  • Wolves chief Jeff Shi talks about the club's decision to sell Diogo Jota
  • Shi admits sending Jota to Liverpool was a great opportunity at the time
  • Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo also feels the same way about the said transfer

A Wolverhampton Wanderers executive reveals the truth behind Diogo Jota’s sensational transfer to Liverpool.

Back in September, Liverpool sealed one of the club’s best transfer deals by signing Jota for a reported fee of  £41 million  (almost $55 million) from the Wolves.

The Portuguese striker instantly became one of Jurgen Klopp’s stars and proved that the Reds did a value-for-money purchase.

Reflecting on the said transfer that saw one of the team’s most lethal strikers leaving Molineux, Wolves chief Jeff Shi admitted that they needed to revamp the squad at the time.

According to Shi, the club saw a perfect opportunity when Liverpool made a bid for Jota as they knew that the said transfer will be the best for both parties.

“It's not about business. For every season, even the head coach, we need to do some refreshment," Shi said about the decision to sell Jota to Liverpool. "You always need some new blood. The Premier League is changing very fast and with the same squad you cannot handle everything.”

“From a sporting and technical view, we need to change every season. And sometimes a player needs to change has been in a city for four or five years,” he continued. “If Diogo stays here, I don't think he can perform at the same level that he is at Liverpool because it's a new environment with different teammates. That can spur him to do better.”

“If it's to his [Jota’s] own benefit, sometimes we have to change. Also if we can sell a player and get some profit in, then we can use the money to buy (players in) some other positions we need more. For the deal of Diogo Jota, I think it's the best deal of the five years because it's benefiting all three parties - the player, the buying club, the selling club."

Liverpool's Diogo Jota (C) celebrates his goal against West Ham Liverpool's Diogo Jota (C) celebrates with Sadio Mane (L) and Mohamed Salah (R) Photo: POOL / Clive Brunskill

Apparently, Shi seemed to have come out clean about the prolific striker.

In December, Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo also admitted that they have all agreed Liverpool was the “right place” for a player like Jota.

"The quality, the talent, and the dedication that Diogo has is amazing. I am pleased that Diogo is having an impact at Liverpool,” Espirito Santo said.

“I think he is in the right place, right moment of his career,” he added. “I wish him all the best, and at the same time, [I] thank him for all the good things he has done for Wolves.”