Diogo Jota agrees with Pep Lijnders on dream Liverpool transfer who Jürgen Klopp would love

When Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool has battled Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City for the Premier League title, any dropped points have been potentially costly, even early in the season.

And so, when City reached the hour mark on its trip to Leicester City in September 2021 and the score was goalless, Liverpool fans could be forgiven for feeling ever so slightly hopeful. As so often, though, that hope was swiftly snatched away, with Bernardo Silva scoring what proved to be the winner in the 62nd minute.

Liverpool would go on to beat Leeds 3-0 the very next day to move back ahead of Guardiola’s side in the table, but assistant manager Pep Lijnders was worried. In his book documenting that campaign, Intensity, he shares his fear that City wouldn’t lose many games when Bernardo was involved.

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Sure enough, it would go on to pip the Reds to the title by a single point, and Bernardo would be instrumental, making the PFA Team of the Year. Clearly, the Dutchman is a keen admirer, and Bernardo’s Portuguese compatriot Diogo Jota feels the same. Speaking to That’s Football, the Reds forward picked out the City star as the international teammate he’d want to see at Anfield.

“For me, he’s probably one of the most intelligent football guys I’ve ever known and the way he can hide the ball from opponents is special,” he said.

It’s hard to think of a better choice Jota could have made. Bernardo is a player Guardiola relies on in the big matches, and that’s largely down to his mentality. His manager says he ‘loves to play’ in moments of adversity, which makes him an especially valuable figure in the dressing room (via BBC Sport).

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