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Diogo Jota handed significant pay rise after signing new Liverpool contract

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Diogo Jota has signed a new contract at Liverpool until 2027.

The Reds forward has been rewarded with a significant pay rise after an impressive first two years with the club. Jota, 25, signed a five year contract when he joined the Merseysiders in 2020 for £45m from Wolves.

The Portuguese forward has scored 34 goals in his first two seasons at the club which has now been rewarded with the new deal. Liverpool have also tied down a forward they consider a big part of their future as he can play in numerous roles in their attack.

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Kop boss Jurgen Klopp has also been impressed by Jota, who has surpassed expectations of the player they signed from Wolves and continues to improve. Liverpool sporting director Julian Ward is understood to have conducted negotiations with Jota’s agent Jorge Mendes over the summer.

“Well, [I’m] really proud, I have to say,” he told Liverpoolfc.com after signing his new contract. Obviously since I arrived two years ago I established myself as an important player in this team – that’s what I wanted from the beginning.

“Now, signing a new long-term deal, it’s obviously from the club’s perspective proof of the belief in myself as a player. For me, obviously it’s really good to establish I’ll be here for a while. So, the beginning of a new season, let’s do it.”

Jota will miss the start of the Premier League season having sat out of pre-season with a hamstring injury. “Unfortunately for me I had an upset in this pre-season because I got injured [in the] last game of the season playing with Portugal,” he added. “So I was coming back in this pre-season, I felt it a little bit again. So it will be a few more weeks, I would say.

“When you fight for everything, like we did last year, you just want to do it again and to do it better, because it’s possible.

“That drive is in me and I know it’s in my teammates and all the staff. We have everything to fight for those titles out there.”

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