Liverpool were backed to claim the Premier League title because of Diogo Jota after his record-breaking exploits in the win over Leicester on Sunday night. The Reds won 3-0 at Anfield and Jota made it 2-0 shortly before halftime.
He is the first Liverpool player to score in his first four top-level home games after scoring against the Foxes.
And BBC Sport expert Garth Crooks is so impressed with Jota’s early impact on the Premier League champions that he believes he could help the Reds secure back-to-back crowns.
The Merseyside club are set to face competition from Manchester City, Tottenham and Chelsea as they seek to win the club’s 20th league after ending their 30-year title wait last season.
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“The impact Jota has had on Liverpool since moving to Merseyside has been quite extraordinary,” Crooks wrote in his Team of the Week column, in which he named Jota.
“It normally takes up to three months for a player to settle into a new team, especially if it comes after the start of the season.
“Kevin Keegan and Kenny Dalglish had similar impacts when they arrived at Anfield in the 1970s, but there aren’t many like that.
“Portuguese striker Jota not only came into play, he set records. Four goals in four straight games at Anfield give you an idea of his influence.
“Leicester, who have been named as one of the teams that could compete with Liverpool for the title, looked ordinary at best and even out of their depth on some occasions.
“The main reason was due to their inability to handle Jota, who looked electric. Jota’s arrival at Anfield may well be the reason they retain the title. ”
Discussing his Liverpool debut, Jota told BBC Match of the Day: “Playing for this team, the world champions, means a lot, I just wish we could keep winning matches and I can be important too, good sure.
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Jota has scored six times in his last six appearances for the Reds after notching a hat-trick against Atalanta in the Champions League earlier this month.
His league goals took Liverpool to second place behind Jose Mourinho’s Spurs, only behind the North London club on goal difference.
The two teams will face off in mid-December, but Liverpool’s next game will be Italian striker Atalanta, who they beat 5-0 away.
They welcome the Serie A team to Anfield with the knowledge that victory would secure their place in the last 16 of the Champions League, having won all three Group D games so far this season.
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