Diogo Jota scores hat-trick, Klopp maintains Firmino is still Liverpool’s ‘main man’


Diego Jota scored his first hat-trick for Liverpool last night against Atalanta BC. Despite a scintillating run of form, Klopp maintains that Roberto Firmino will continue to be the main man for Liverpool in front.

Diogo Jota takes the match-ball home in Atalanta rout

Liverpool faced high-flying Serie A side Atalanta in their 3rd UEFA Champions League group stage match. Despite key absentees in defence, Liverpool put on a masterful display to win 5-0 on the night.

Jota poses with the matchball (Credit: LFC)

Liverpool’s front three featured the in-form Diogo Jota instead of Roberto Firmino on Tuesday. The Portuguese attacker bagged his third career European hat-trick to ease Liverpool secure an easy away win in Bergamo.

Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah were also on the scoresheet to complete a 0-5 rout. This victory is the biggest away win for any English club against the Italian side in European games.

Jota’s rich vein of form drew focus on the striker he replaced in today’s match, as the Liverpool fanbase questioned if Firmino should be relegated to the bench.

Jurgen Klopp in no selection dilemma for the next fixture

On being asked post-match whether Jota’s hat-trick would mean a selection headache, Klopp said he maintains his trust in Firmino. The Liverpool manager is in no doubt over who starts in front of this weekend’s league game against Manchester City

Speaking in the post-match interview, Klopp praised Diogo Jota but was adamant that Roberto Firmino is still very much the go-to striker. The Brazilian has scored just one goal this season, compared to Diogo Jota’s tally of 7.

“It’s important for us that we have more than 11, and tonight Diogo used his shape in an incredible way and played a super, super game. But that says nothing about Bobby and has nothing to do with causing me headaches. I’m more than happy that the boys played like that tonight”

Klopp on being asked about a ‘selection headache’ on the weekend

Liverpool travel to Manchester City in a Premier League classic

League leaders Liverpool will travel to the Etihad stadium to take on title rivals Manchester City this weekend. Liverpool lead City by 5 points with the Reds having played a game more.

Manchester City and Liverpool took the Premier League title to the last day in the 2018/19 season, where Manchester City’s 4 points against Liverpool out of a total 6 proved to be telling.

Diogo Jota’s amazing scoring run has failed to give Klopp a selection dilemma for the all important weekend clash. Liverpool will be lining up against City with their traditional front three of Mane, Firmino, and Salah.

If the title race boils down to Liverpool and Manchester City again, their encounters against each other will be the decisive one.

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