Jamie Carragher believes Diogo Jota is Liverpool’s best Premier League finisher after his standout performance in their 4-0 victory over Bournemouth. Jota scored twice and set up a goal for Darwin Nunez, helping his team extend their lead at the top of the Premier League. Carragher compared Jota to other legendary Liverpool strikers like Michael Owen, Luis Suarez, Fernando Torres, and Robbie Fowler, stating that Jota is the best finisher among them. He praised Jota’s clinical nature and highlighted his impressive goal or assist rate of every 84 minutes this season, which only a few players in the Premier League can match. Despite initially raising doubts among some fans when he was signed from Wolves, Jota has proven his worth and epitomizes Liverpool’s successful recruitment strategy.
Furthermore, Carragher suggested that Jota could also be a suitable replacement for Mohamed Salah on the right wing when the latter is absent due to his commitments with the Africa Cup of Nations and his recent injury. Jota’s versatility and intelligence on the field make him an ideal candidate for different positions in Liverpool’s attack.
In terms of statistics, Jota’s numbers are undeniably impressive. He averages a goal every 141 minutes in the Premier League, which surpasses the records of Michael Owen and Robbie Fowler. However, his minutes-per-goal ratio is not as good as Luis Suarez, Fernando Torres, and Mohamed Salah. Since Salah joined the Premier League, only a select few players, including Erling Haaland, Sergio Aguero, and Harry Kane, have a better minutes-per-goal ratio. It should be noted that statistical comparisons for Liverpool forwards prior to the 2003-04 season are unavailable.
Despite the absence of key players, Liverpool remains a strong team and can adapt to fill the gaps with capable replacements. Jota’s natural ability to find himself in the right place at the right time is crucial to his goal-scoring and assisting duties, a job he takes pride in.