Although Liverpool won the Premier League in the last season and the Champions League trophy in 2019, the team wasn’t so active in the transfer market recently. The manager Jürgen Klopp bought several players, but Diogo Jota is by far the most resounding name. He’s a young Portuguese left-winger who was purchased from Wolverhampton Wanderers (aka Wolves) for the staggering amount of €44.70 million.
Jota draws inspiration for his behavior on the field from a totally unexpected place: the FIFA 20 video game. Despite the fact that many FIFA fans are upset about the gameplay of the twentieth iteration of the series, it looks like the game can be a goldmine for others.
FIFA 20 helps footballers to understand tactics better
Jota declared for the Wolves reporter Tim Spiers:
In FIFA you can understand tactics better,
Yes, you play for fun, but you’re trying to work at different things, for example, if the first half your opponent might play a specific way, so in the second half you try to counter-act that.
There’s no secret to anyone that a lot of professional footballers like to play FIFA, PES, or other football simulations on consoles or PC. But Jota proves that things can be taken a lot more seriously.
Diogo Jota plays mostly as a left-winger, but he can also do a good job as a center forward or secondary striker. For the last season in Premier League as he was playing for Wolves, Jota scored seven goals in 34 appearances. He was even more productive in Europa League, where he managed to score six goals in only eight matches. Jota is mostly known for his appetite for dribbling and attacking the goal.
Next time when someone tells you that it’s impossible to learn something useful from video games, you might as well present them Diogo Jota’s story.