Jurgen Klopp admitted to being wowed by Arsenal star Gabriel Martinelli after his Liverpool aspect booked their place within the Carabao Cup closing.
The Reds sealed a date with Chelsea at Wembley as they cruised previous the Gunners on the Emirates Stadium, profitable the match 2-0 and the tie by the identical scoreline.
Arsenal had been outplayed for massive elements of the second leg, nonetheless, Martinelli very a lot caught the attention of Klopp.
He informed journalists: “Martinelli, by the way, everyone should remember that name. He’s an outstanding player.”
Martinelli will little doubt be happy to get reward like that from Klopp. But there’s no doubting the star ahead on the pitch was Diogo Jota, with the Portuguese’s brace is what in the end separated the 2 sides.
With Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane on the Africa Cup of Nations, there’s an added expectation on Jota, who was a removed from prolific goalscorer at former membership Wolves.
But Liverpool Jota is a distinct animal.
Andy Townsend stated on co-commentary for talkSPORT: “He’s simply such a cool finisher. I’ve actually, actually loved his performances since he got here to Liverpool.
“I believed he was a prime participant in a Wolves shirt however he’s proven that he can go right into a membership like Liverpool and make the distinction.
“His targets, whether or not they’re headed targets or on the ground, they’re all the time achieved finishes. It’s all the time intelligent from him – he holds his run, bends his run, instances his run completely.
“Without Mo Salah and Sadio Mane they’re not as efficient, in fact they’re not. So you look to your subsequent one and he’s their subsequent one.
“Roberto Firmino always does a good job but in terms of stretching teams, scoring goals out of nothing… I’m very impressed with his performances. He’s really got that icy cool persona, doesn’t get too emotionally wrapped up in things but always a threat and always a danger to the back line.”
Meanwhile, talkSPORT’s Jason Cundy heaped reward for the best way Klopp has developed Jota’s sport.
Cundy stated on The Sports Bar: “I’ve to say I didn’t see this participant at Wolves. He’s gone up another degree, Jurgen has obtained another tune out of him.
“When you have Liverpool’s best front three, he’s in it with Mane and Salah.”
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