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Hat-trick hero Jota relishing playing alongside 'world class Salah, Mane'

Bergamo (Italy) (AFP) – Liverpool forward Diogo Jota credited playing alongside the likes of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane with lifting his game as he scored a hat-trick in a 5-0 Champions League win over Atalanta on Tuesday.“I’m playing in the best team of my career so far,” said the 23-year-old, who has now scored in four consecutive games since his move from Wolves in September.

The Portuguese became just the second player to score on his first two starts in the Champions League for Liverpool since Robbie Keane 2008, after notching the opener in a 2-0 win over Midtjylland last time out.

Jota scored a first half brace, completing his hat-trick after 55 minutes in Bergamo after Salah and Mane added two more just after the break in northern Italy.

“Obviously they (Mane and Salah) are two world class players, we all know their quality which makes it easier for me to do my job because they are outstanding and we had a great game together today.

However, manager Jurgen Klopp insisted Jota’s form does not give him a selection problem with Roberto Firmino rested ahead of the Manchester City clash.

“The world is sometimes a really bad place that in the moment when someone is shining we speak immediately of a player who played for us it feels like 500 games in a row, and we would not be in the Champions League if Bobby Firmino would not be with us.

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