The international break isn’t famous for good news on a Liverpool front. Every time a player is called up, we all wince a little about what state he’ll return in. Diogo Jota, having returned from a tough injury earlier in the season, might fit that category.
But so far, so good. Jota has shown a knack of scoring those “right place, right time” goals this season, and what he’s done for Liverpool, he’s kept doing for Portugal. He scored two headers for Fernando Santos’ side away at Serbia, looking lively from a left sided role.
It wasn’t quite enough for more than a draw for Portugal, though. Cristiano Ronaldo had a stoppage time winner ruled out, and thus decided to leave the pitch in a bit of a strop. I’ll let you enjoy that amusing image.
Jota has occupied a curious spot in the minds of Liverpool supporters this season. In the autumn, he seemed to sum up everything that was going right, freshening up the side with his energy and sharpness in attack. He was just the exciting spark the doctor ordered. Then he got injured and, well, just about everything that could went wrong very quickly.
Seeing him looking bright and scoring goals, as he has for Liverpool and Portugal recently, is a sign that there are still things in this side worth getting excited about. Liverpool will get back to winning ways, and whenever the next great side is build, Jota will almost certainly be a key part of it.