Former Liverpool striker believes that Jota will spark all Liverpool forwards to life.
After winning Premier League withLiverpool
last year, Jorgen Klopp decided to signDiogo Jota
because of his concerns over the lack of squad depth in forward positions. AlthoughSalah
were still in form, there was little back up for these key players. Having leftWolves
with a £45 million deal, Jota made an instant impact on Liverpool’s offensive performance. The 23-year-old has already found his place in Klopp’s starting XI as Firmino’s form has not been impressive in the team’s recent matches. Jota’s performances in Anfield has made the club’s former striker John Aldrige express his praise for the young player.
“We played so well against Atalanta that I expected the manager to say same again with the line-up so I was a bit surprised to see the manager start all four forwards.
“You don't need to be an expert to see Bobby Firmino is still struggling, I thought he did look a bit better on Sunday [against City] and a little sharper but for whatever reason, whether it's confidence or whatever, he's been off it for a long time now.
“I do feel the introduction of Diogo Jota will spark them all into life eventually, we saw how it did at Atalanta and ultimately competition for places can only be healthy.
“There will be occasions when the manager feels it's right to play all four, perhaps more when we're at home to sides who are going to sit in and maybe the reason for doing it at City was more down to the injuries we've got in other areas at the moment.
“Jota's great because he can play in any of the forward positions and will keep everyone on their toes. He was brilliant against Atalanta when he played through the centre and that's where I'd like to see more of him, with Mo and Sadio either side.
“There's no doubt the four of them can play together and Bobby and the manager will know he has to find a way of getting back to his best again because he's a fantastic player and we need him back to what he was doing a year or two ago.”
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