Liverpool boss hailed after ruthless Diogo Jota move - pundit

By Paddy Kenny

5th May, 2022 | 9:30pm

Liverpool news: 'Shocking' Diogo Jota verdict issued by expert

Liverpool star Diogo Jota can’t complain after being replaced by Luis Diaz in his side’s win over Villarreal.

That’s according to former Leeds United stopper Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about Jurgen Klopp’s “ruthless” move.

Jota, 25, has gone seven games without and goal and was replaced at half-time as Liverpool beat Villarreal 3-2 on Tuesday (3 May).

The Reds were 2-0 down when the Portugal star came off as he struggled to make an impact against the Spanish side.

Luis Diaz replaced him and scored his side’s second in the comeback win.

Kenny claims Jota needs to learn he will be replaced if he is not performing.

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“I mean, he can’t complain, can he?” Kenny told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

“He’s not scored for a few weeks now and Liverpool’s options are absolutely ridiculous.

“Luis Diaz is just sat there on the bench and he’s in great form. It’s actually a surprise he didn’t start.

“But he had a shocking first half, like a lot of players, and Klopp had to be ruthless at half-time.

“If you are not performing, you are out. It’s as simple as that. Jota can’t complain and now he’s slipped down the pecking order.

“He’s still had a great season, he’s a brilliant player. But now he knows he can’t take his foot off the gas.”

Jota has scored 21 goals in 49 total appearances for Liverpool this season.

His last goal came against Manchester City in the Premier League on 10 April.

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