Liverpool midfielder Diogo Jota could put himself into the Anfield record books later today as his side travel to play Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.
Jota etched into Anfield folklore?
The Portuguese winger has had a fantastic start to life at Anfield after his £41m move from Wolves in the summer, scoring seven goals from his first 10 appearances in all competitions (TransferMarkt).
This tally included a stunning hat-trick during the 5-0 win against Atalanta in the Champions League, as the Reds topped their Champions League group, maintaining a 100% record, and they are yet to concede a goal in that competition (via UEFA).
Assistant manager Pep Ljinders previously admitted he had been tracking the Portugal international for some time, describing him as a “pressing monster” and that he fits in perfectly to Jurgen Klopp’s style of play.
With the Reds due to make the trip across the M62 later today, Jota has the chance to equal a feat that was first done in 1946.
This Is Anfield revealed that the last player to score back-t0-back hat-tricks for Liverpool was Jack Balmer, who managed to do so three games in a row. Since then, no Reds player has hit multiple trios and Jota has the chance to match that feat.
The 23-year-old could also find himself scoring in five successive games. Mohamed Salah was the last player to do this, in his scintillating first season at Anfield with a sequence of seven.
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While this would be a stunning moment for Jota, it is always unlikely for any player to score a hat-trick in a game, no matter what his ability is.
But with the form that Jota is currently in, it wouldn’t surprise Liverpool supporters if he got himself on the scoresheet this afternoon, taking into account Manchester City’s poor start to the 2020/21 campaign.
The answers are always revealed once the game gets underway. At this stage, questions remain as to whether Jota will start the game as opposed to the out of form Roberto Firmino.
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