Liverpool forward Diogo Jota has been nominated for the Champions League Player of the Week award following his impressive display against Atalanta on Tuesday night.

UEFA have officially opened a voting system on their website with Jota as one of the four players in contention to win it, alongside Dortmund’s Haaland, Monchengladbach’s Plea and Sevilla’s En-Nesyri.

Jota scored a hat-trick as Liverpool beat Italian side Atalanta 5-0, with Mo Salah and Sadio Mane also scoring a goal each in the rout.

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BERGAMO, ITALY – NOVEMBER 03:( SUN OUT,THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Diogo Jota of Liverpool scores the second and celebrates goal during the UEFA Champions League Group D stage match between Atalanta BC and Liverpool FC at Gewiss Stadium on November 03, 2020 in Bergamo, Italy. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

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ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT 

Haaland and En-Nesyri only scored two goals each for their respective clubs, whilst Jota and Plea both bagged hat-tricks. This suggests that it should be down to Jota and Plea in terms of who deserves to win the award this week, as they scored more goals than the other forwards up for voting.

The difficulty of the opposition should also be taken into account when considering which hat-trick was better. Shakhtar, Plea’s opponents, were knocked out of the Champions League in the group stage last season and made it to the semi-finals of the Europa League. Atalanta, meanwhile, were the top scorers in the Serie A as they finished third in the table and made it to the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

Atalanta and Shakhtar’s 2019/20 seasons suggest that the former is the tougher opponent to face. This means that Jota’s could be argued as the more impressive hat-trick, given the team he scored it against. So, hopefully, Jota can now go on and be named Champions League Player of the Week!

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