Here are your Liverpool evening headlines for Tuesday, September 29.
Jota outlines vision for his Liverpool future
The Portuguese international joined the Reds from Wolves in a £41 million deal earlier this month and made his debut for the club as a substitute in the 7-2 Carabao Cup victory against Lincoln City.
He made his Premier League bow for Liverpool on Monday against Arsenal as a replacement for Sadio Mane, and managed to find the score sheet just eight minutes after coming on to help secure a 3-1 win.
Speaking after the game, he told liverpoolfc.com: “It means a lot. When you arrive at a team that are world champions, you always try to adapt as quickly as possible.
“The way they received me is exceptional. I just thank them for the way they have received me.
“I think we can build up from here and do great things in the future. Obviously, I could have done better, I had a couple of chances before. But I’m happy with this – getting my first goal in my first game [at Anfield].
“And I helped the team seal the result, that is the most important thing, that we got the three points.”
Klopp hails Jota after Anfield debut goal
Jurgen Klopp was full of praise for Jota after he netted his first Liverpool goal in the win over Arsenal.
Klopp introduced the former Wolves star with ten minutes remaining against the Gunners, and the Portuguese forward could have netted a hat-trick in a bright cameo appearance.
The 23-year old did tuck home Liverpool’s third of the game to complete a memorable Anfield debut, and Klopp claimed it is a night he will not forget .
“Diogo came on, played his natural football, tried to defend the way we defend and he’s only on about 20 per cent of information for what we do exactly.
“We had team meetings to talk about it, but it will take time.
“Today he had like 60 or 70 minutes time to watch how Sadio is doing it and he came on the pitch and played incredibly well.
“He scored a super goal, nice first game at Anfield. He will never forget that and I will never forget it, so a cool start.”
Klopp explains reason for Keane outburst
Klopp has moved to clarify his reasons for clashing with Sky Sports pundit Roy Keane following Liverpool’s impressive victory over Arsenal.
The German was irritated after overhearing Keane’s comments on the Reds being ‘sloppy’ against the Gunners, and he offered a swift backing of his players.
However, despite criticising some of Liverpool’s defending at Anfield, the former Manchester United midfielder was positive about Liverpool’s overall performance, and Klopp acknowledged that on reflection .
“I was not harsh (on Keane). I came to the mic and I couldn’t see them talking, I only heard them through a speaker.
“I heard ‘sloppy’ something and at that moment I misunderstood it properly. So no problem.
“I just asked, ‘did he say…?’, and obviously he didn’t say it. So it’s all fine. I said I would have seen a different game (if Keane had said Liverpool were sloppy).”
Arteta labels Liverpool as the Premier League benchmark
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta claimed Liverpool have set the bar high for other Premier League sides following the Gunners’ loss at Anfield.
Goals from Sadio Mane, Andy Robertson and Anfield debutant Jota sealed the win for Jurgen Klopp’s side, and Arteta was firm in his praise at full-time .
“We are on a different journey to them,” said the Arsenal boss. “They have been together for five years.
“They weren’t able to do what they have done tonight two or three years ago, that’s for sure.
“They have done a lot of good work. They have a lot of belief in the way they play, they have had great recruitment and have improved the players they have.”