Diogo Jota only had one wish after he opened his Liverpool account tonight – that Anfield was packed to see it.
The former Wolverhampton Wanderers forward made his first Premier League appearance for the Reds tonight, helping his new side to a 3-1 win against Arsenal.
Alexandre Lacazette had fired the Gunners ahead against the run of play, but goals from Sadio Mane, Andy Robertson and then Jota sealed a good night’s work for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Jota replaced Mane after 80 minutes but just eight minutes later, he controlled the ball on his chest and fired into the bottom corner of Bernd Leno’s goal.
“Wow,” Jota told Sky Sports after the game. “It’s an amazing feeling, of course.
“I just wish it could be with the full stadium, that would be even more special, but I’m very pleased to help the team and the result was the most important, of course.
“The first one is always the hardest one. I just need to keep on going, that’s the most important thing. Now, I have one and I want more.”
Jota could have had a hat-trick on another day, hitting the side-netting from close range before a mix up with Mo Salah in the Arsenal box.
“It’s football, sometimes we score, sometimes we miss,” he said. “We just have to keep on going, believe always that we’re gonna score and fortunately I did.”
And what did Klopp say to him before his Premier League debut for Liverpool?
“Just to keep pressing like we had been doing, and be happy with the ball, do what we are used to doing,” said Jota.
“That’s what I tried to do, play good football and press without the ball.”