Liverpool forward Diogo Jota cannot explain his heading prowess - but admits taking tips from Portugal team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo.

Jota has scored six goals for the Reds this season with half - strikes against Burnley, Brentford and Atletico Madrid - coming with his head.

While only 5ft 10ins tall, the 24-year-old has proven a regular aerial threat with almost a third of his 19 goals for Jurgen Klopp side's coming in such a manner.

And the forward believes his time with veteran Manchester United forward Ronaldo at international level has made a difference.

"The heading is hard to explain," said Jota. "I think you have to be there at the right time in the right space and fortunately for me that's been happening so I've just been trying to take the opportunities when they show up.

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"Being about to train with players like Ronaldo with the national team and seeing the things he does is always helpful.

"But in the end it is up to you to try to be technically good whether the ball comes to your left, to your right or to your head."

Jota is line to return to the Liverpool starting line-up in the home Premier League clash against Southampton on Saturday having remained an unused substitute in the midweek Champions League win over former club Porto.

Roberto Firmino's recurring hamstring problem and the occasional rotation of Sadio Mane has meant Jota has started nine of 12 Premier League games this season.

And he said: "People have asked me whether I thought I could break into the established front three when I first came to Liverpool.

"Luckily for me I don't overthink things, so I never thought too much about it. I just thought about coming to this amazing club and doing my job in training sessions and then it's up to the manager to decide what to do.

"Obviously losing Bobby is not good news. We need everybody as there are a lot of games, especially now after this last international break of the year.

"We have just started a big cycle of fixtures and December will be huge so we need everybody. But it's one less player so some will get more playing time and it's up to us now to show that we can do the job."

Liverpool have netted an astonishing 55 goals in 19 games this season and have scored at least twice in their last 16 outings - the first English club to do so since Wolverhampton Wanderers in 1939.

But with Klopp's men trailing Premier League leaders Chelsea by four points, Jota acknowledges further improvement is needed.

"We are scoring a lot of goals and that's always helpful," he said to the official Liverpool matchday programme. "We are having a good season so far and I just hope that we can keep doing that.

"I think when you have people, not just up front but throughout the team, that are hungry and who always want more, that is good.

"That's why I think we need to be successful, because we have people that want to win the games, one game and then another and another.

"But we know that we have to keep on working hard to win every game because even though we are having a good season, we are not top of the Premier League. So we need to do things better."