Former Liverpool striker Peter Crouch feels Diogo Jota’s superb form means Roberto Firmino will now be looking over his shoulder.
Jota, 23, bagged his fourth goal since joining from Wolves as the Reds downed West Ham 2-1 on Saturday. The Portugal international has been roundly praised since arriving at Anfield, with Jurgen Klopp a big fan.
His late winner against the Hammers saw Liverpool move to the top of the Premier League table. He also scored in the Champions League as the Merseysiders beat Midtjylland 2-0 in late October.
It is a healthy problem for Klopp to have, with so much attacking talent at his disposal.
Firmino has been at the heart of Liverpool’s success in recent years, with 79 goals from 254 outings. The man with 46 Brazil caps has started all seven of the club’s top-flight games this term. However, Crouch believes that he is not untouchable due to Jota’s stunning displays.
“I was of the opinion Firmino was one player who would never be dropped by Jurgen Klopp but, given their respective form, there is now a big decision for Liverpool’s manager,” he told The Daily Mail.
“I have been so impressed by Jota. He took his goal brilliantly against West Ham and looks like he will make a difference every time he is on the pitch.”
Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane continue to shine as the Merseysiders go in search of further silverware. The biggest test comes next Sunday when Klopp takes his charges to The Etihad to face Manchester City.
Crouch, who scored 42 goals for Liverpool, is hedging his bets over who might get the nod.
“He warrants a start in a game of that magnitude against City but I wouldn’t forget about all Firmino has done,” he added. “It would be a big, big shout if he didn’t start next Sunday.”
Another Brazilian on Liverpool radar
Despite the embarrassment of attacking riches at Anfield, Klopp has been linked with Ajax forward Antony. The 20-year-old joined the Amsterdam giants from Sao Paulo back in February and has notched four goals this season.
Don Balon claim that Reds’ scouts have eyed the talented youngster and are keeping tabs on his progress. There is nothing to suggest that any of Liverpool’s stars are under threat but he is one for the future.
The January transfer window remains an option for the South American but the champions are more likely to pounce next summer.