Jota sets Liverpool records tumbling

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Liverpool new boy Diogo Jota sent a host of records tumbling after his hat-trick inspired the Reds to a 5-0 UEFA Champions League win over Atalanta.

Jota, who arrived at Anfield from Wolverhampton Wanderers in September for a reported transfer fee of £41 million (R948 million), maintained his rich form in front of goal this season when he netted his first Liverpool hat-trick to inspire Jurgen Klopp's side to their biggest-ever away win over Italian opposition.

Scroll through the gallery above for some images of Jota's hat-trick performance

Prior to the match, the Portugal international had scored three times in his previous three appearances for the Reds, and picked up where he left off in Bergamo by opening the scoring in the 16th minute, chipping home over Atalanta goalkeeper Marco Sportiello after being played through on goal by Trent Alexander-Arnold.

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He then doubled Liverpool's lead just after the half-hour mark with a superbly taken effort before netting the reigning Premier League champions' fifth of the night early in the second half, securing a comprehensive win for the Merseysiders who have now taken nine points from a possible nine at the start of their 2020/21 UCL campaign.

In doing so, the 23-year-old sent a number of records tumbling, including one that saw him become the highest-scoring player after 10 matches for the club since the turn of the century, and the best since Robbie Fowler scored 10 in 10 in 1993. Jota has netted seven times in 10 games for the Reds, beating the likes of Fernando Torres, Daniel Sturridge and Mohamed Salah after the same number of appearances.

The former Atletico Madrid and FC Porto forward, who is the sixth Portuguese player to wear Liverpool's famous red jersey, has also now become the club's top-scoring player from the southwestern European nation, with his seven goals for Klopp's outfit beating the record of five that was previously set by midfielder Raul Meireles in 2011.

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