Jota’s contract ‘reward’ & Van Dijk’s Haaland ‘welcome’ – Latest LFC News

Diogo Jota‘s new Liverpool contract has seen him ‘rewarded’ for an impressive start to life at Anfield, while a Man City legend has admitted Virgil van Dijk pocketed Erling Haaland in the Community Shield!


Oh he wears the number 20…

After reports emerged that Jota was close to signing a new contract on Monday evening, the deal was officially announced on Tuesday afternoon.

Jota is now said to be contracted to Liverpool until 2027, with the club keen to recognise his development since joining from Wolves two years ago.

The Portugal star wasn’t nearing the end of his previous deal, but the Echo report the decision to improve his terms was ‘in keeping with the club’s strategy of rewarding players on the basis of individual progress.’

There’s also been an update on Jota’s recovery from the hamstring injury that will keep him sidelined for Liverpool’s Premier League opener at Fulham on Saturday.

The Daily Mail‘s Dom King claims Jota could be back in training ‘within two weeks,’ but even at that point he will surely need longer to build up his fitness, having missed the vast majority of pre-season.

Nonetheless, it’s more astute business from Liverpool, with Jota certain to play a big part under Jurgen Klopp in the years to come.


3 things today: “Welcome to the Premier League, Erling!”

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - Saturday, July 30, 2022: Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk (L) and Manchester City's Erling Haaland during the FA Community Shield friendly match between Liverpool FC and Manchester City FC at the King Power Stadium. Liverpool won 3-1. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

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LONDON, ENGLAND - Sunday, September 20, 2020: Chelsea's Timo Werner looks dejected after missing a chance during the FA Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Liverpool FC at Stamford Bridge. The game was played behind closed doors due to the UK government’s social distancing laws during the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic. (Pic by Propaganda)

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