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.