Taking to life at Anfield instantly, Jota quickly established himself as a focal point of Jurgen Klopp’s attacking unit, all the more impressive when you consider he had to compete for places with the likes of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.
Wolves chief Jeff Shi conceded that Liverpool made an approach for Jota at a time where the West Midlands outfit were in desperate need of revamping the squad anyway.
The deal presented an opportunity for Jota to part ways with in amicable fashion, with the club safe in the knowledge the move would be best for all parties involved.
Shi explained : “From a sporting and technical view, we need to change every season. And sometimes a player needs to change has been in a city for four or five years.
“If Diogo stays here, I don’t think he can perform at the same level that he is at Liverpool because it’s a new environment with different teammates. That can spur him to do better.”
Liverpool boss Klopp deserves immense credit for creating an environment that has allowed Jota, still only 24 years of age, to thrive and immediately improve with very little time spent on adapting to his new club.
In a season where Jota had to shake off a number of small injuries and endured sporadic spells on the side-lines, the Portugal international still managed to bag 13 goals in 30 appearances across all competitions.
Wolves chief Shi went on to reveal: “It’s not about business. For every season, even the head coach, we need to do some refreshment,” he continued, “you always need some new blood. The Premier League is changing very fast and with the same squad you cannot handle everything.”
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“If it’s to his [Jota’s] own benefit, sometimes we have to change. Also if we can sell a player and get some profit in, then we can use the money to buy (players in) some other positions we need more.
“For the deal of Diogo Jota, I think it’s the best deal of the five years because it’s benefiting all three parties – the player, the buying club, the selling club.”
The now departed Wolves manager Nuno Santo agreed that Liverpool was the best for Jota to continue his growth as a player and fulfil his huge potential.
Speaking last December, Santo said: “The quality, the talent, and the dedication that Diogo has is amazing. I am pleased that Diogo is having an impact at Liverpool.
“I think he is in the right place, right moment of his career,” he added. “I wish him all the best, and at the same time, I thank him for all the good things he has done for Wolves.”