Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish weighs in on Firmino and Jota debate

Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish has insisted that Roberto Firmino remains "a really important player" for Jurgen Klopp 's side, despite suggestions he should be dropped in favour of new signing Diogo Jota.

Firmino has been a mainstay alongside Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah in attack under Klopp but new addition Jota is pushing for a regular starting spot after hitting the ground running.

Jota has netted seven goals in 11 appearances in all competitions for the Reds this season, while Firmino has scored once in 12 games.

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher is among those to have questioned whether Jota should start ahead of Firmino, telling talkSPORT that his preferred front three would be Mane, Jota and Salah.

However, Dalglish is "not particularly concerned" about Firmino's lack of goals and has insisted that he is "a really important player for Liverpool."

Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, Dalglish said: "For Diogo to come in and score as freely as he has done and to make such an impact, not always having played the full game, will do him a world of good.

"The belief he'll have in himself and the confidence supporters will have in him too. It's important when someone comes in and settles straight away, for the player and the club, just look at the contribution he has made.

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"I'm not particularly concerned about Firmino. Bobby [Firmino] is a great player with a great touch and gets through an awful lot of work.

"He compliments Mo [Salah] and Sadio [Mane] when the three of them play together, and obviously the four of them played together at City and were really good together. Bobby [Firmino] is a really important player for Liverpool."

Klopp has a number of options at his disposal in attack, with the likes of Xherdan Shaqiri, Divock Origi and Takumi Minamino also in contention and Dalglish believes this is "a great position to be in".

"It's great to have choice and that is what Jurgen has got", he added. "Some games he might play all four of them, like he did at Manchester City, but some games he might have to play three or choose to play two – if he wants to change the personnel.

"It's like you said before that it seems like he's got a crystal ball he gets that many decisions right, so I'm sure there'll be more decisions he gets right over the forwards.

"It is a great position to be in and to have those players, just imagine you're playing against them – it's not the forwards that have to worry it's the defenders."

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