KEY POINTS

  • Diogo Jota scored in Liverpool's 1-0 win over Wolves
  • He joined the Anfield side from Wolves in the 2020 summer window
  • He has netted 10 goals for Liverpool this season

Liverpool FC star forward Sadio Mane gave a unique nickname to teammate Diogo Jota, who scored the winner in the Reds’ 1-0 win over Wolves on Monday.

Jota netted the lone goal of the match just before the half-time break that handed Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool their only second win in their last five Premier League matches. With the win at the Molineux Stadium, Liverpool climbed to sixth place in the 2020-21 league table.

In the whole game, Jota created two chances, had two shots on target, converting one into a goal, and won four of his aerial shots – only the center back duo of Ozan Kabak and Nathaniel Phillips were able to contribute the same, according to the soccer website Rousing the Kop.

Jota, who had been out of action with a knee injury for 11 long weeks, interestingly marked his comeback by scoring against his former team Wolves. He celebrated the win on social media by sharing a picture of him celebrating with his teammate Mane.

Jota captioned the picture, "A special game." Reacting to that, Mane congratulated Jota, who scored his 10th competitive goal for Liverpool this season, by calling him "Jogoal." The Portuguese also became the third Liverpool player, after Mane and Mohamed Salah, to reach double figures in the 2020-21 campaign.

"Well done, jogoal," commented Mane on Jota’s post after Liverpool’s win over Wolves Monday.

The Premier League champions are undergoing a forgettable season, having already lost nine matches. Their title defense has more or less ended with that as they are 25 points behind leaders Manchester City.

Liverpool have suffered many injuries in the 2020-21 campaign. All of Klopp’s key center-backs – Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, and Joel Matip – are currently sidelined with injuries. At some point, Liverpool were without their first-choice goalkeeper Alisson Becker, right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold, and now they are without their Brazilian star No. 9 Roberto Firmino.

Diogo Jota finishes past Atalanta goalkeeper Marco Sportiello on his way to a hat-trick in Liverpool's 5-0 Champions League win on Tuesday Diogo Jota moved from Wolves to Liverpool in the 2020 summer transfer window. Photo: AFP / MIGUEL MEDINA

Jota, who made a $57 million from Wolves to Anfield in the 2020 summer, scored five goals in his first eight league games for Liverpool. Overall, Jota had netted nine goals in as many as 18 competitive appearances for Liverpool before suffering a knee injury in December. That saw Jota go out of action for 11 weeks. However, Jota returned to action in the beginning of March. The Portuguese winger’s availability couldn’t have come in a better time as Liverpool have managed just four wins in their last 10 league matches.