Liverpool’s next Fernando Torres confirmed in emphatic Arsenal win

Liverpool: Klopp's verdict on win at Arsenal

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Liverpool’s emphatic 3-0 defeat of Arsenal on Saturday evening saw Diogo Jota stake his claim to be crowned as their next Fernando Torres. Jota replaced Andy Robertson just after the hour mark, before scoring twice to hand Jurgen Klopp’s men three points.

The Reds were utterly dominant at the Emirates Stadium, enjoying 64 per cent of the possession and having 16 shots to the Gunners’ three.

But they struggled to find a way past Bernd Leno until Jota, signed ahead of this season from Wolves, was introduced.

Just three minutes after coming on, Jota headed Trent Alexander-Arnold’s inch-perfect cross past Leno to finally open the scoring.

And after Mohamed Salah had taken advantage of poor defending to add a second, Jota completed his brace when he arrived late in the box to smash home Sadio Mane’s flick on.

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The double at Arsenal is the latest in what has been a stellar debut season at Anfield for the Portuguese attacker, who has now scored 12 goals in 22 appearances in all competitions.

Though he has mainly been a substitute rather than started games, Jota has now played the equivalent of just over 14 matches in red in all competitions.

His form in front of goal in that time is astonishing, having scored 12 goals from 43 shots, which means he is averaging 0.85 goals and 3.1 shots every 90 minutes.

In that same time period at the start of his Anfield career, Salah, who has been one of Europe’s top strikers since arriving Liverpool in 2017, had scored 10 goals from 52 shots, an average of 0.71 goals and 4.2 shots every 90 minutes.

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Jota’s remarkable form has led to some Liverpool fans comparing him to Torres, who scored 33 goals in all competitions in his first season at the Reds.

“Been getting some serious Torres vibes from him [Jota], not had this feeling of instant confidence in a player when signed since,” said one fan on Reddit.

In fact, the comparisons to Torres are not as outrageous as they may seem, with Torres scoring eight goals in his first 14 games for Liverpool in all competitions.

Jota though is remaining focused on his team’s performance, rather than those comparisons, with Liverpool now fifth in the Premier League.

“I said after the last game that to think about the higher spots in the table, we need to do our job,” he told Sky Sports after the win over Arsenal

“We need to win every single game until the end, if we do that, we have a chance to be there.

“If we do our job, we have a high chance of being there, because it’s hard to win in the Premier League. Today we did our job, let’s go to the next one.”

“I was expecting a bit more possession from Arsenal, they get us used to that, but that showed we pressed really well and didn’t allow them to have that possession,” he added.

“In the end we controlled the game with the ball and with the goals.”

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