Liverpool forward Diogo Jota has given Jurgen Klopp a problem he hasn’t had in a long time, because his front three have rarely ever been put under pressure for places. That’s the opinion of former Reds player Danny Murphy.
Jota continued his impressive start to life at Liverpool on Saturday.
The £41million man came off the bench to score the winner in the Premier League champions’ 2-1 win against West Ham.
The forward has now scored three goals in three games at Anfield – having also provided the key goal against Sheffield United last week.
The forward, who was signed to provide competition for Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane, is now doing just that and has staked his claim for a regular starting spot.
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Firmino’s struggles in front of goal have been well documented, with the Brazilian having found the net just once this season.
Salah and Sadio Mane have been on fire in the league, with Salah having scored seven in seven, while Mane has four goals and an assist to his name in his six games.
Questions have been asked of whether Jota is now deserving of a place in the starting XI regularly, and it has been suggested that he could take Firmino’s place in the side.
Speaking to Match of the Day, Murphy explained that Klopp hasn’t had a selection issue like this with his forwards for a long time.
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He said: “Jota’s given Jurgen Klopp a problem.
“That wonderful front three hasn’t been put under pressure for a long time.
“But he’s scoring goals, he’s making an impact.
“He’s now saying ‘don’t leave me out’.
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“[Even though] There had been question marks over the transfer fee.”
Speaking after the game, Klopp heaped praise on the Portuguese ace, and joked he didn’t expect him to hit the ground running like he has.
Murphy’s statements were echoed by fellow ex-Liverpool ace Graeme Souness, who warned Firmino his time could be up in the starting XI.
He said: “I would imagine pretty quickly he will be challenging Firmino for a starting spot.
“Why not? He’s got goals, he got a goal in what, every three games at Wolves.
“And now he’s in a better team so that should improve.
“I like him a lot, 23-years-old, he can only do better.”
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