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19-Sep-2020, 11:11 pm

Liverpool confirm £45m signing of Wolves star Jota

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Liverpool have confirmed the signing of Diogo Jota from Wolves as the Portuguese winger heads to Anfield in a£45 million ($58m) move.

Just one day after confirming the signing of the Spain international midfielder, Liverpool have locked up a deal for Jota, who joins on a five-year contract as he becomes the second signing to arriveat Anfield this week.

The duo of Jota and Thiago joins full-back Kostas Tsimikas as Liverpool's summer signings,with Jurgen Klopp's champions having added to their squad as they look to defend their Premier League crown.

Following confirmation of his move, the 23-year-old told the club's official website: "They are a special team; the way they press, the intensity that they put into the game is just another level and that’s what I want to be part of – that anger to play the game and to score goals.

"I think that’s a great way to play the game and that’s the way I want to play as well. I think there was no doubt – no doubt about Liverpool being the best team in the league last season by some distance.

"The intensity they put into the game… they were just unbelievable. They were all over the place. It felt like they were playing with more players than the other teams. Hopefully we can do the same again this year with me being a part of it."

He added on the prospect of playing alongside Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino: "They are world-class players. Every match, they try to win. They score a lot of goals and they work together.

"I want to be one more piece to join that three. That’s what I will do. They are obviously more experienced than me, so the first stage is to connect with them, to learn with them. Hopefully I can be a good help for them and the club to win games."

Jota, who will wear the No.20 shirt for Liverpool, originally moved to Wolves in 2017, originally on loan from Atletico Madrid before the signing was made permanent one year later.

The Portuguese wingerscored 44 goals in 131 appearances for Nuno Espirito Santo's side, helping them rise from theChampionship to the Premier League and into contenders for the European places.

After scoring nine goals during his first season in England's top flight, Jota added seven more in 2019-20, while adding a further nine in 14 Europa League games.

He will now join Liverpool as much-needed cover for the club's first-choice front three of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.

Klopp and Liverpool had also targeted Watford starIsmaila Sarr, but turned to Jota after refusing to meet the £40m ($52m) asking price for the Senegalese winger.

The deal for Jotawill be worth a guaranteed £41m ($53m), but Wolves have agreed to flexible payment terms that were crucial to completing the deal.

Liverpool will pay as little as 10 per cent of that figure over the next 12 months, with some of the cost also offset by Ki-Jana Hoever's£10m($13m) move the other way.

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