Diogo Jota may be still adapting to life at Liverpool. But he's already shown he can offer something different to the Reds' attack.

Jota the joker in the pack? He's certainly a bit of a wildcard. Something different to unlock defences who think they have found the way to keep out the Premier League champions.

As Kop boss Jurgen Klopp put it, it seems the future is bright for Jota at Anfield.

But for the first half here against Sheffield United, it was hard to see how he was fitting in to Klopp's side alongside his regular front three.

The Kop boss had switched his formation to 4-2-3-1 seemingly to accommodate the £45m signing from Wolves.

But it was more to give something different for the Blades to think about after they had a week to prepare for a Virgil van Dijk-less Liverpool.

Diogo Jota headed home the winner for Liverpool against Sheffield United

Still, Jota was not a key figure in the first 45 minutes as Roberto Firmino's tap in after a Sadio Mane effort was saved cancelled out Sander Berge's earlier penalty.

But as the game progressed, the Portuguese attacker appeared to find his feet.

This was just his second league start after scoring from the bench against Arsenal on his Premier League debut for the Reds back in September.

It was the first real challenge for him to be the difference and also click with the rest of the Red machine.

And he would find the winner, moving into space in the area to head home Mane's cross with 25 minutes to go.

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“He is still adapting,” said Kop boss Jurgen Klopp. “In the moment, a lot of things we do are not natural to him but that’s only because Wolves play different – but a lot of things he did for Wolves are exactly what we want him to do.

“Yes, that he is that close already is just a sign how good a player he is.

“As I said, if he stays fit, he’s 23 and the future is bright, let me say it like this.

“We will need his quality and I am really happy that he settled nicely so far.

“I said it only a few minutes ago when I was speaking with my coaches that it is so easy – he is such a likeable person and so it is so easy to like him. That makes everything easier.

While the Portuguese forward is seen as back-up this season, he was described as a 'valuable player to Liverpool already' by Stephen Warnock
The Portuguese forward is seen as back-up this season, but he started against Sheffield United

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“Then the player he is: he is quick, he has the physicality, he is strong, he is good in the air, he is good on the ground... a lot of good things.

“He has exactly the quality we need, so that helps a lot.”

Jota's winner at least meant VAR didn't totally dominate the post-match discussion.

Fabinho was adjudged to have fouled Oli McBurnie inside the area by Andre Marriner in Stockley Park after referee Mike Dean had awarded a free-kick on the pitch.

Berge slotted home before Firmino pegged them back before the break and then Jota won the game with a header.

“The penalty conceded was clear it was a challenge to win the ball,” added Klopp.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is a big fan of Diogo Jota

“We are on the wrong end of another decision, but luckily we could sort that tonight, so maybe I should not talk too much about that.

“The penalty was not even a foul. During a season there are so many different periods, we have had an injustice and we have had to go again.”

LIVERPOOL (4-2-3-1):Alisson 7; Alexander-Arnold 7, Gomez 6, Fabinho 6, Robertson 7; Henderson 8, Wijnaldum 7; Jota 7 (Milner 84), Firmino 7 (Minamino 84), Mane 7; SALAH 8. Subs: Adrian, Jones, Shaqiri, Phillips, Williams.

UP NEXT: FC Midtjylland (h), Champions League, Tuesday.

SHEFFIELD UNITED (3-5-2):Ramsdale 7; Basham 7, Egan 7, Ampadu 6; Baldock 7, Lundstram 6 (McGoldrick 76), Berge 7, Osborn 6, Stevens 7; MCBURNIE 8, Brewster 6 (Burke 54, 6). Subs: Verrips, Sharp, Burke, Jagielka, Norwood, Robinson.

UP NEXT: Manchester City (h), Premier League, Saturday.

REFEREE: Mike Dean 6.

STAR MAN: Mo Salah: No goal, big impact.

STAR SHOCKER: Rhian Brewster: Tough return.

MATCH RATING: 2