Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp on double goalscorer Diogo Jota: “He’s turned into a world-class striker, and that’s really helpful for us. I don’t think a lot of people saw him in that position for the second goal, but Trent and he finished it off – absolutely outstanding.”
Jurgen Klopp hailed “world-class” Diogo Jota after his double saw Liverpool past an Arsenal side whose manager Mikel Arteta was left “concerned” by his side’s discipline.
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Jota made light of the absence of Liverpool big-hitters Sadio Mane and Mo Salah in a man-of-the-match performance at the Emirates Stadium, scoring both goals and giving Takehiro Tomiyasu a torrid time on the right of the Gunners defense from the first whistle to last to see the Reds into next month’s Carabao Cup final.
The brace took him to 14 goals in a Liverpool shirt this season from only 22 starts in all competitions and left head coach Klopp regaling the talents of a player whose £41m price tag drew some scorn when he first joined the club less than two years ago.
“We were completely convinced when he arrived he’d help us massively,” he told Sky Sports. “There are so many things before you sign a player, nowadays you can watch 100 games, we were really confident but since he’s been here he’s made another step. He’s turned into a world-class striker, and that’s really helpful for us.
“We scored two wonderful goals, Jota was on fire, but the passes too. I don’t think a lot of people in the stadium saw Diogo in that position for the second goal, but Trent did which was helpful and he finished it off – absolutely outstanding.
“We’re over the moon. It’s a difficult game, a difficult time generally, we just have to get through it. We try everything we can, and what the boys did tonight against a really strong Arsenal side was really exceptional.
“Arsenal were pretty lively at the start of both halves, we calmed it down, played good football, didn’t create a lot but with their quality, it’s not easy.”
‘Kelleher is a top-class goalie’
Speaking the morning after Liverpool secured their place in their first Carabao Cup final for six years – and ahead of Sunday’s trip to Crystal Palace, live on Sky Sports – Klopp was keen to reflect on the progress of Caoimhin Kelleher, who he says has gone from being a “skinny boy” to a “top-class goalie”.
The Republic of Ireland international kept a clean sheet at the Emirates after deputizing for Alisson, and Klopp said: “He is No 2 at Liverpool – I don’t think you can be rated much higher at the age he is. We are more than happy with him.
“When I arrived here and saw him the first time – a skinny boy from Ireland standing in his big goal – I was like, ‘OK, this could take a while.
“Since then he made incredible steps and now he’s a top-class goalie. Calm like you cannot believe, good with the ball, and, on top of that, he makes incredible saves.”