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“I Want to Help the Team”, Says a Determined Jota

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The young forward feels fresh like a ‘winter transfer’.

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The return of our favourite Portuguese forward, Diogo Jota, from the injury club has been overshadowed somewhat by Liverpool’s recent abysmal form. But the 24-year old is determined to make a difference.

In an interview, he was sincere about the current reality of the team, saying, “It’s another big blow to our season but we just need to keep on going because there’s still time.”

This of course referred to the Chelsea game where he was subbed on, and he acknowledged the hole the Reds had dug for themselves, that was too deep for even him to have an impact.

“It had been a long time, since last year, so I was really looking forward to getting back on the pitch. Unfortunately, we were already losing and I couldn’t do anything to help the team in terms of the result.

“Obviously when you are out for so long it’s not easy to get back on track 100 per cent straight away. But it was good, I played around 35 minutes and felt good. So I just need to keep training hard and with game time I think I’ll be at my best again very soon.

“Of course, against Chelsea I had the opportunity. I want to help the team and I know scoring goals is important, but at the moment we just need to all stay together because it’s a hard moment – not just for me but for the team. We all need to push from the same side and hopefully on Sunday we can get back to winning ways.”

He spoke of his recent recovery process from injury, saying, “It’s working when you can’t run on the pitch, working in the gym and then working on the pitch. So I’ve been working hard and obviously it’s not the same. No matter how hard you work, it’ll never be the same as playing a football game in the Premier League. Obviously it required a little bit of time but I think I’ll be ready.”

Of course the fans will hope that he is ready, and he offered a spirited perspective on what he can bring to the team, that will reassure many. He said, “Just a new boost in terms of confidence and, let’s say like this, freshness because obviously they’ve been playing and fighting for the club. I feel like I could be like a winter transfer. So that’s what I hope so they can rely on me and think I can help them in the future.”

The full interview is available at liverpoolfc.com.