Pundit warns of Jota ‘tension’ as Klopp told to play ‘unselfish’ star instead

Date published: Sunday 6th December 2020 7:39 - Jonny Whitfield

Diogo Jota’s form since arriving at Liverpool could cause “tension” among Jurgen Klopp’s goal-hungry forward line, according to one pundit.

The Portuguese has added a stunning dimension to Liverpool’s attack with nine goals in 15 games. Indeed, he has waved away questions over whether a new signing could challenge the club’s established trio.

Jota has started alongside Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane on more than one occasion. That has left Roberto Firmino on the bench to come on as an impact substitute.

However, Hargreaves has outlined that – unlike Firmino – Jota shares a similar hunger for goals to Salah and Mane. As such, the pundit has warned that there could be tension if Jota continues in his vein of form.

“I don’t think you can drop Firmino, he’s so important and I think he’s the most unselfish player in the Premier League,” Hargreaves told BT Sport (via the Daily Express).

“I’ve actually seen in the last few games Salah and Jota… I know Jota deserves all the attention he’s getting, but if everybody is trying to have a shot when they get the ball – Salah, Jota and Mane – I think you’re going to start seeing a slight bit of tension.

“Firmino isn’t like that. It’s not about him so you need an unselfish guy in there.

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“But I’m interested to see [what team Jurgen Klopp picks] because they played all four attackers against Manchester City and really went for it there.

“He might do that against Wolves.”

Jota will be looking to line up against the club he left for Anfield in September.

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