Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has a serious selection issue facing him ahead of Saturday’s trip to face Manchester City, because Diogo Jota makes his front three stronger than City’s. That’s the verdict of Trevor Sinclair.
Liverpool face City at The Etihad this weekend and have the chance to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League table.
Klopp’s side are on fire at the moment, and dominated Atalanta on Tuesday night in a 5-0 win.
Jota scored his first hat-trick for the club and looked unplayable in the rout as he staked his claim for a place in the starting XI this weekend
He was primarily brought to act as competition for Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, and was expected to be used off the bench.
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But after his hat-trick against Atalanta, the Portuguese has now scored more goals in his first ten games than Firmino has in the entire year.
And Sinclair believes Jota has now done enough to earn a starting spot instead of Firmino.
Speaking to talkSPORT, he explained that Liverpool’s current attack is currently better than City’s, and that Klopp has a big decision to make over his team.
“I didn’t see [Jota’s impressive form] coming,” he admitted.
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“He’s come in and been outstanding, his movement is brilliant. He’s 23 years old and he’s scored seven goals already – only two behind Mohamed Salah who is Liverpool’s leading scorer.
“I watched him live last weekend against West Ham and the impact he had on the team was superb. He was lively, he was making runs in behind, he got the winning goal.
“He’s giving Klopp a real big headache at the moment. If you ask me, just that freshness he’s brought to Salah and Sadio Mane, maybe he’s going to be picked ahead of Firmino.
“I don’t know, because Firmino has done it for a long time, but Jota just brings a freshness, he brings an intensity and movement… he’s playing a huge part for the club.
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“Are Liverpool stronger in attack than Man City? I think at the moment they are.
“With Jesus only just back, he came back with a goal with is great but he’s not 100 per cent fit.
“Aguero is not due back until after the international break, so at the moment I would say Liverpool’s forward options are better than Manchester City’s.
“When everyone is fit in both squads? I think it’s very difficult to say, they’re both outstanding at creating and scoring goals, you probably couldn’t split them. But at the moment Liverpool certainly have the upper hand.”
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