But before the November break, Jota and Adrian continued to work on their coaching badges at the AXA Training Centre, with the duo hosting sessions as they push towards their qualifications.
The duo coached young players from the Steven Gerrard Academy prior to the international break, and Adrian also undertook a UEFA license coaching assessment earlier this month.
?? More coaching experience for Diogo Jota, this time with the Steven Gerrard Academy alongside #LFC team-mate Adrian.
Jota has been working towards his badges this year – and helped the Robbie Fowler Academy in summer sessions. pic.twitter.com/mM6pkfr4VZ
— Jack Lusby (@LusbyJack) November 13, 2023
Speaking on his UEFA B Licence endeavours to the club’s website, Jota said: “In this moment I would not mind to be a coach.
“I played all of these games like Football Manager, I always loved it, and I feel that on the pitch, on the tactical side, I always understand the game and that also plays an important aspect in my own game.
“But at this stage I feel I will never be a first-team coach [manager]. I could be an assistant, for example, but you never know so if I have this opportunity [to do the qualification] I think I will learn something while I am doing it, and in the end I get the UEFA B badge and then I can go from there.”
While Gerrard’s academy and its pupils assisted on this occasion, earlier this year The Robbie Fowler Academy were involved as Jota, Matip and Fabinho started their coaching journey.
While Adrian, at the age of 36, is closer to considering what comes after his playing career, Jota is still just 26 and his decision to take this path shows an early desire for what may be in store when he hangs up his boots – which is still quite a few years away.