Jগrgen Klopp’s response to Diego Jotta’s second goal after the Portuguese forward rioted for Liverpool was invaluable.
The Reds beat Atlanta 5-0 in Italy after a hat-trick from Joda as well as a goal from Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.
The former Wolves star Roberto Firmino has been named in the squad after a great start to the season.
And he made a case to be a regular starter at Anfield after a special show.
All of Jota’s goals were in class, but perhaps the best of the lot was his second.
From an impossible angle, 30 minutes later he blew home the lead after 30 minutes to extend Liverpool’s lead and Klopp looked stupid: “What the heck, Diego!”
Germany’s decision to drop Firmino has been vindicated, and Jota has now scored more Liverpool goals for the Reds than a striker in 2020.
Former Liverpool defender Stephen Warnak has told BBC Radio 5 Live that he cannot return to the Firmino squad.
He said: “It changes the style of play.
“You see, Jota has speed. J Jota brings more directness to it, and Firmino is smarter.
“Fans have criticized him for downplaying the attack.
“At the moment Jota is actually improving on the team. He’s been impressive; he’s called the pressing monster.
“It shows his confidence. He sees it as an opportunity for a lifetime.
“He believes he can take Liverpool to the next level and so do the players around him. Firmino will play on the weekend but it gives him options and a strong option.”
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Klopper has now decided whether to put Jota in his place, but Warnock thinks it’s no brainer.
He added: “Jota is hot right now. It’s very difficult to let him go against Manchester City.”
“It seems inevitable it will be his three forwards but you never know with Jর্গrgen Klopp.”
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