Cristiano Ronaldo helps Diogo Jota competently Liverpool striker finds ‘difficult to explain’ – .

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Cristiano Ronaldo helps Diogo Jota competently Liverpool striker finds ‘difficult to explain’ – .


Liverpool forward Diogo Jota can’t explain his prowess in the lead – but admits taking advice from Portuguese teammate Cristiano Ronaldo.
Jota has scored six goals for the Reds this season with a halftime – goals against Burnley, Brentford and Atletico Madrid – with his header.

Despite being just 5-foot-10, the 24-year-old has proven to be a regular air threat with almost a third of his 19 goals for Jurgen Klopp’s side.

And the forward believes his time with veteran Manchester United striker Ronaldo at international level has made a difference.

“The course is difficult to explain,” Jota said. “I think you have to be there at the right time in the right space and luckily for me that is happening, so I just tried to take the opportunities when they arise.

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“Being about to train with players like Ronaldo with the national team and seeing what he does is always helpful.

“But at the end of the day, it’s up to you to try to be technically good whether the ball comes to your left, your right or your head. “

Jota is set to return to Liverpool’s starting lineup in the Premier League’s home clash against Southampton on Saturday after remaining an unused substitute in the midweek Champions League win over the former club from Porto.

Roberto Firmino’s recurring hamstring problem and Sadio Mane’s occasional rotation have meant Jota has started nine of 12 Premier League games this season.

And he said: “People have asked me if I think I could break into the top three established when I first came to Liverpool.

“Lucky for me, I don’t think too much about things, so I never thought about it too much. I just thought about coming to this amazing club and doing my job in training sessions and then it’s up to the manager to decide what to do.

“Obviously losing Bobby is not good news. We need everyone because there are a lot of games, especially now after that last international break of the year.

“We’ve just started a big round of matches and December will be huge, so we need everyone. But he’s one less player so some will have more playing time and it’s up to us now to show that we can do the job. “

Liverpool have scored 55 goals in 19 games this season and have scored at least twice in their last 16 outings – the first English club to do so since Wolverhampton Wanderers in 1939.

But with Klopp’s men behind Premier League leaders Chelsea by four points, Jota agrees that further improvements are needed.

“We score a lot of goals and it’s always useful,” he told Liverpool’s official schedule for the day. “We’ve had a good season so far and I just hope we can keep doing it.

“I think when you have people, not just up front but throughout the team, who are hungry and always want more, that’s good.

“That’s why I think we have to be successful, because we have people who want to win games, one game and then another and another.

“But we know we have to keep working hard to win every game because although we are having a good season, we are not leading the Premier League. We must therefore do better. “

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