Liverpool told pundit's one-word verdict on Jota being frozen out

By Danny Mills

8th May, 2022 | 9:00am

One-word verdict issued on Diogo Jota being frozen out at Liverpool after key reveal - pundit

Diogo Jota does not need to worry about being frozen out at Liverpool for their big games despite his poor display in the 3-2 win over Villareal on Tuesday night (3 May).

That is the view of ex-England and Man City defender Danny Mills, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about Liverpool’s naturally cautious display out in Spain.

They went into the game 2-0 up on aggregate but conceded twice in the first half before goals from Fabinhio, Luis Diaz and Sadio Mane after the break ensured a 3-2 win on the night and 5-3 victory on aggregate.

Jota, 25, was replaced by Diaz at half-time but Jurgen Klopp insisted he did nothing wrong.

He told club media after the game the Portuguese was not a problem but he had to “mix it up”.

Asked whether this could mean Jota is not trusted in big games going forward, Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “No.”

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He added: “It’s more about the team. If you go into a game 2-0 up you are naturally more cautious. As much as you say you are not going to be and play the game the same way you can’t help it.

“You think ‘If we only concede one we’re going through’. You sit back and Villareal have nothing to lose so they come out all guns blazing.

“Often half-time can then be a natural reset. Liverpool will have had a reset and a talking to. They will have looked in the mirror and said ‘This isn’t good enough’. It was only 2-2, they were still in it.

“Player for player they were much better so could Villareal keep that intensity up? It was very difficult to do that and not let Liverpool have a spell. Then the keeper chucked three in which really doesn’t help you.”

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