Graeme Souness believes Liverpool forward Diogo Jota will be challenging Roberto Firmino for a starting spot “pretty quickly” after his lightning-fast start to life at Anfield.
The Portuguese has three goals in three games and netted the winner against West Ham on Saturday after coming off the bench to finish from fellow substitute Xherdan Shaqiri’s pass.
And Reds great Souness believes it’s a matter of time before the former Wolves star is challenging Firmino to start games alongside Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah in Liverpool’s front three.
“I would imagine pretty quickly he will be challenging Firmino for a starting spot,” he said, speaking on Sky Sports.
“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.”
Firmino has come in for some criticism for his displays so far this season, contributing only a solitary strike in 10 games across all competitions.
The Brazilian failed to register a single shot against the Hammers, or create a chance for his teammates, the first time that has happened in a home Premier League game for more than two years.
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It’s been an extremely interesting start to the season for Jurgen Klopp’s men.
They got their title defence off to a shaky start as they edged out a seven-goal thriller against Leeds, before going on to conceded seven in a hammering by Aston Villa.
Virgil van Dijk’s season was ended by injury in the 2-2 draw at Everton, leaving the title favourites looking far less secure at the back – especially with Alisson’s injury worries too.
But there’s no slowing down in what is going to be a busy campaign – with Klopp ensuring his men continue at full pace as they bid for more title glory.
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And Jamie Carragher reckons Jota provides the Reds with a bigger goal threat.
“I don’t think anyone’s calling for Firmino to be dropped as such but Bobby Firmino is not a huge goal threat,” he said.
“At times he’s in the team for different aspects of his game and I think that’s his pressing, supplementing the wide players but you still want goals from him and assists.
“If Jota is bringing that you can put Salah or Mane up front or one of them on the right. It gives that extra goal threat sometimes Liverpool lack.”