Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker has offered a reminder about the importance of his teammate and fellow Brazilian Roberto Firmino to the club.
Firmino’s position in the Reds’ once-unmoveable front three now looks under threat, amid Diogo Jota’s form.
Indeed, after back-to-back Premier League match-winning goals as a substitute, the Portuguese earned a start in Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Atalanta.
The 23-year-old took full advantage, netting a sublime hat-trick as Jurgen Klopp‘s men won 5-0 in Italy.
Liverpool boss Klopp has strongly defended Firmino, a sentiment Alisson has now echoed. However, the goalkeeper did admit that his club need everyone in top form to continue their winning run.
“I don’t even need to talk about the importance of Firmino, for everything he has done for the club and everything he has been doing,” Alisson told Esporte Interativo (via the Daily Mirror).
“He is a very supportive player, who works for the team. We need everyone on their toes to achieve our goals going forward.”
Jota’s latest performance took his tally to seven goals in his first 10 games for his new club. Indeed, he has reached double figures faster than Mohamed Salah and Fernando Torres for the Reds, among others.
Alisson added on the Portuguese: “He is a very hard-working, high quality and humble guy.
“He came to help us and has further proved that our team is not just one player. We have a very strong squad and group.”
Alisson also had a strong performance, making good saves to ensure Liverpool kept their third clean sheet in as many Champions League group stage games.
Crouch hails Liverpool’s recruitment
Jota arrived at Anfield after Liverpool failed with an earlier move for Chelsea-bound Timo Werner.
The Reds’ new recruit has hit the ground running and will look to start against Manchester City on Sunday.
Speaking during Tuesday’s match, Peter Crouch hailed Liverpool’s recruitment for bringing him in.