The new boy Divergo Jota in Liverpool was backed to leave unfield and ‘go higher’ after a fair start to his career at Merseyside.
The Premier League champions surprised many when they spent £ 41million on the Portuguese striker in the summer, but after only two months, he proved to be money well spent.
In 11 appearances this season, Jota scored seven goals, including a hat-trick in the Champions League win over Atlanta.
But Jota’s biggest impact was to force Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp to tweak his usual 4-3-3 formation to accommodate him alongside Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.
Jota only signed a five-year deal in September, but his former Pacos de Ferreira team-mate Stephen Eustaquio believes the 23-year-old will not stay in Liverpool.
Speaking to Spanish outlet La Vanguardia: “Jota has been to Pacos, Atletico Madrid, Porto, Liverpool. He works a lot.
“He is a very hardworking man, very delicate mid-ball; He plays a lot.
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“He will not stay there; He goes higher.
“I shared a dressing room with him. He was the captain of the Portugal Under-21 team.”
Meanwhile, Liverpool will withdraw Fabinho from injury to ease their defensive crisis against Leicester Sunday.
The Brazilian missed the last three matches of Liverpool with a hamstring injury, but he has resumed training and is in contention to start alongside Joel Matip in central defense.
Captain Jordan Henderson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Thiago Alcantara and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are all out.