Diogo Jota gives verdict on Liverpool gap to Manchester City and showdown at Chelsea

Diogo Jota cannot pinpoint what is his favourite individual moment of the year as being on the scoresheet is special every time.

The Liverpool forward did highlight Alisson’s winning header against West Brom in May as being his favourite moment for the team in 2021.

Jota has been revelation for Liverpool since signing from Wolves in the summer of 2020 and has scored 10 times in the Premier League so far this season.

The Portuguese star is hopeful his side will bounce back from defeat at Leicester City with a positive result when the Reds face Chelsea on Sunday.

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“For the team, I could say Alisson ’s goal [against West Bromwich Albion in May]. The header was obviously an incredible moment and incredibly important,” Jota said to Liverpoolfc.com .

“For me, there were many moments – always when I’m on the scoresheet it’s a special moment. So every single moment was special, I cannot say one.”

Jota is keen for Liverpool to get back to winning ways after a disappointing defeat at the King Power on Tuesday, but Sunday’s game against the European Champions will be a tough test.

“It is what it is, we cannot pick who we are playing next. We know it’s Chelsea away,” Jota added.

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“We drew with them at home, we know it’s not going to be easy.

“We both want to close that gap but we know at least one of us is going to be even further back.

“So, it’s a great game, a big game. We need to be at our best – I know if we do that we are able to win the game there.”

With 12 goals in all competitions this season, Jota has put himself ahead of Roberto Firmino in the pecking order at Liverpool, but the Reds number 20 wants even more from himself.

He explained: “Yeah, the year didn’t start well, especially for me – I started the year injured.

“But I kind of finished strong with the team and we did a good effort in the last third of the season to finish in the top four. We got Champions League. We are in every competition.

“Obviously we have this gap now [to City in the table] but it’s still possible.

“So I think, in the end, it was a good year with all the circumstances. Now I just hope 2022 can be even better.”

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