Liverpool are prepared to offer an improved contract to Diogo Jota as a result of his impressive performances since moving to Anfield, according to The Telegraph.
The Reds made a sizeable investment in Jota when they signed him from Wolverhampton Wanderers for an initial fee of £41 million (BBC).
He has made 85 appearances across all competitions (Transfermarkt) since completing his switch in 2020, having scored 34 goals along with providing nine assists while performing consistently during that period, playing a key role in Jurgen Klopp’s attacking options.
Despite having three years left in his current deal, the Merseysiders are eager to tie him down to a long-term contract.
It is thought that the 25-year-old will see a significant increase in his salary package, with talks expected to be ramped up shortly.
Jota is currently undergoing rehabilitation following a hamstring injury that he picked up while on international duty for Portugal last month, which will see him miss this weekend’s Premier League opener against Fulham.
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Despite Darwin Nunez’s arrival, Jota can expect to have a prominent role under Jurgen Klopp in the upcoming campaign. After all, the likes of Sadio Mane, Takumi Minamino and Divock Origi have left the club, which opens up more chances for the former Wolves man to earn regular game time.
Nunez is likely to be the starting centre-forward, with Roberto Firmino being the backup option. Mohamed Salah and Luis Diaz are brilliant options on the wings, with Jota playing second fiddle to both wingers as he is highly flexible to be utilised anywhere in the frontline.
Jota’s current terms stand at just £90,000 a week (Liverpool Echo), which is quite low looking at his output for the Merseysiders. Hence, this latest move from the club can be considered to be a wise decision as it would make the forward feel important and a key part of Klopp’s plans moving forward.
Now, it is up to the club and the player to reach an agreement at the earliest so that they can shift their focus completely towards the season that is set to start this weekend.