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Diogo Jota: The Presence of Fans “Felt Really Good”

The Portugal international scored the Reds’ only game in this weekend’s friendly/

Liverpool v Athletic Club - Pre-Season Friendly Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images,

The team is back and, more importantly (especially for the team), so are the fans. With 40,000 odd people watching on, Diogo Jota scored an excellent goal off of a Sadio Mané pass. And given it was the first time he was in front of the crowd, it was obviously a goal to remember.

“Finally!” Jota told the club website when asked how playing in front of a full Anfield felt. “It felt really good. When I first came into the tunnel I felt already the crowd. It’s massive for us, they have a really important role to play in this club in this season and I just hope this can continue like this.”

“We scored already in the last friendly some goals after recovering the ball so it’s something that is part of us - pressing, getting the ball, play forward - and fortunately for us we could score another goal. The result wasn’t what we wanted, but in the end it’s a friendly and we are getting ready for the season.”

“Obviously I arrived a little bit later than the others, so we are progressing. I felt good [when he was substituted off] but it was already planned, so I just keep going forward,” he added. “We have been progressing so everything was getting bigger and bigger, more minutes, and I think we will be ready next week.”

Liverpool take on Osasuna today with a fresh squad before kicking off the Premier League against Norwich City next weekend.