Although Curtis Jones ended up being the match-winner instead of Jota, the Portuguese was as lively as ever during the 1-0 victory as his darting runs in behind caused constant problems for the Dutch outfit.
Owen has been pleasantly surprised by the former Wolves talisman’s explosive style of play since his arrival on Merseyside, and thinks he has been the standout buy of the summer transfer window in the early stages of the new season.
“No one could’ve predicted that he would hit the ground running like he has,” the one-time England international, who began his professional career at Anfield, told BT Sport. “You’d have to say he’s the best signing of the season so far in the Premier League.
“He’s surprised me with his pace, I must admit. I think he’s far quicker than I gave him credit for. Against Atalanta he was electric.
“He just shows composure, a lot of people panic, they just get a shot off as soon as they get any form of space.
“I just think he’s scored headers, right foot, left foot, he’s scored everything so far and he’s looked the real deal in terms of linking play.
“Nobody could have envisaged the quality that he’s shown so far.”