Peter Crouch has lavished praise on Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards, who heads the recruitment side of life at Anfield.

It comes after the latest performance from Diogo Jota, who scored a hat-trick against Atalanta in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

The Portugal international signed from Wolves in the transfer window and has already scored seven times.

And Crouch believes Liverpool have cracked their recruitment in recent years, with the likes of Alisson, Mohamed Salah, Georginio Wijnaldum, Andy Robertson, Sadio Mane and Jota all joining.

He said: "[Jota] looks like he gets on well with the other two players in there, Firmino as well when he came on.

"You just have to tip your hat off to the recruitment team because would you say there were many people who were after Jota?

Diogo Jota took home the match ball and sent a dilemma to his manager
Diogo Jota took home the match ball and sent a dilemma to his manager

"I wouldn't say there were people clambering for him.

"I think if you go through it, Salah was at Roma, Chelsea. Alisson, there wasn't loads after him.

"Robertson was £7million from Hull. Wijnaldum, Newcastle. Mane even.

Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards has revamped the club

"People said he was overpaid so I think Michael Edwards and all the recruitment team deserve a lot of credit."

Meanwhile, another former Liverpool player has praised Jota - stating that Roberto Firmino should worry about his starting spot.

Stephen Warnock was on BBC Radio 5Live when he said: "It changes the style of play. You see the pace Jota has. Jota brings more directness to it, while Firmino is more clever.

Jota, Salah and Mane all scored against Atalanta

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"Fans have been critical of him slowing attacks down too much.

"They improve when Jota comes into the team at the moment. He has been impressive; he has been called a pressing monster.

"It shows his confidence. He has seen this as an opportunity of a lifetime.

Alisson has won the Champions League and Premier League since leaving Roma
Alisson has won the Champions League and Premier League since leaving Roma

"He believes he can take Liverpool to the next level and he has the trust of the players around him as well. Firmino will play at the weekend but it gives the option and a strong option.

"Jota is hot at the moment. It is very, very hard to leave him out against Manchester City.

"It looks inevitable that will be his forward three but you just never know with Jurgen Klopp."