‘Absolute joke’: West Ham striker pinpoints £41 million move that showcases Liverpool’masterclass’

According to liverpoolworld, West Ham striker Michail Antonio has praised Liverpool’s recent transfer activity, citing the purchase of Diogo Jota as evidence of their market knowledge. Liverpool signed Jota from Wolves in the summer of 2020, after agreeing to a £41 million price. The Portuguese forward was an instant success at Anfield and has continued to improve in the three and a half years since.

Jota is one of numerous talents who have arrived at Liverpool and have immediately shown to be good value, with Jurgen Klopp’s side routinely keeping up with Manchester City despite having far less money to spend. Klopp’s team is back in the championship chase this season, with a four-point lead over City.

Their success has stemmed from persistent solid work in the transfer market, with more savvy newcomers, and Antonio regarded their recent business as a’masterclass’.

“He’s an absolute joke,” Antonio told the Footballer’s Football Podcast about Jota. “And the weirdest thing I enjoy about Liverpool is that they buy these guys and everyone wonders what they’re thinking. Why are they doing this?

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“When they signed Mane, they wanted £30 million for him, so what are you doing? Next comes Van Dijk. And then Jota, everyone was like, “What?” They all turn out to be just fantastic. It’s a lesson in purchasing players.”

Liverpool were forced to look outside the box again this summer, when top targets Moises Caicedo and Romeo Lavia were snapped up by the financially superior Chelsea. Instead, the Reds used the money to sign four midfielders: Dominik Szoboszlai, Ryan Gravenberch, Alexis MacAllister, and Wataru Endo for a total of £146 million.

All four have performed admirably since joining Liverpool, creating the foundation of Klopp’s fresh new midfield. Endo, in particular, has been surprisingly impressive, having been spotted late in the summer after the deal for Caicedo fell through and signing from Stuttgart for under £17 million.

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