KEY POINTS

  • Wolves coach Nuno Espirito Santo comments on Diogo Jota's remarkable debut season at Liverpool
  • Espirito Santo thinks Liverpool is the right club for Jota
  • Jota reveals the secret to his quick adaptation to Jurgen Klopp's system

Wolverhampton Wanderers coach Nuno Espirito Santo opens up about Diogo Jota's instant rise to stardom at Liverpool.

Last summer, Liverpool caught a big fish after signing Jota for a reported fee of £41 million (almost $55 million) from Wolves.

With an impressive total of 33 goals to his name during his time with Espirito Santo’s side, Jota’s role in Jurgen Klopp’s squad was quite obvious–to score goals.

However, many didn’t expect the Portuguese to quickly make a name for himself at Anfield, notching 12 goals in 27 matches.

But according to his former coach Espirito Santo, it isn’t surprising at all to see Jota continue where he left off at Molineux.

“No, not surprised at all,” Espirito Santo replied to Stadium Astro when asked if he was surprised with Jota’s quick transition.  "The quality, the talent, and the dedication that Diogo has is amazing. I am pleased that Diogo is having an impact at Liverpool.”

For Espirito Santo, with the “talent” Jota possesses, it is just right that he plays for a club like Liverpool.

“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.”

Jota, on the other hand, explained that mentality was the “key” to his swift adaptation to Liverpool’s system. However, the 24-year-old also acknowledged Klopp, who has helped him since day one.

"When you reach a new club, having an open mind is key to be able to adapt as quickly as possible," Jota told The Athletic earlier this month. "I did that with the help of Jurgen [Klopp]. He's a fantastic manager who took care of me. When I first arrived, he had a meeting with me and he explained how the team works.”

"Then it's down to the player to try to learn as fast as you can and to prove to the manager that you can be an important player for him," he continued.

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

Jota is still out due to a knee injury. There’s still no specific timeframe for his return, but Klopp recently conceded that “no surgery” is needed but it might take “a while” before he can join the team.

“It’s worse than we first thought and better than we then thought,” the Reds boss told Goal. “All the potential surgeons had a look on it, no surgery needed, but he will be out for a while. We don’t know exactly but one-and-a-half, two months. We don’t know exactly.”