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10-Nov-2020, 06:00 pm

‘Jota will spark all of Liverpool’s forwards into life’ – Portuguese backed by Aldridge to aid Salah, Mane & Firmino

Diego Jota, Liverpool vs Midtjylland

Diogo Jota is capable of providing a spark that ignites all of the forwards on Liverpool’s books, not just Roberto Firmino, says John Aldridge.

Jurgen Klopp, despite masterminding Champions League and Premier League title triumphs, was considered to be in need of greater squad depth at the business end of the field.

Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane have become talismanic figures for the Reds, but there was little support behind them.

Jota’s presence has changed that, with the 23-year-old making an immediate impact on Merseyside.

He has already earned himself a starting berth, with Klopp opting to field a front four against Manchester City, and Aldridge believes collective standards will be raised amid added competition for places.

The former Reds striker told the Liverpool Echo, with Firmino under the greatest pressure to perform after enduring an uncharacteristic dip of late: “We played so well against Atalanta that I expected the manager to say same again with the line-up so I was a bit surprised to seethe managerstart all four forwards.

“You don't need to be an expert to seeBobby Firminois still struggling, I thought he did look a bit better on Sunday against City and a little sharper but for whatever reason, whether it's confidence or whatever, he's been off it for a long time now.

“I do feel the introduction ofDiogo Jotawill spark them all into life eventually, we saw how it did at Atalanta and ultimately competition for places can only be healthy.

“There will be occasions when the manager feels it's right to play all four, perhaps more when we're at home to sides who are going to sit in and maybe the reason for doing it at City was more down to the injuries we've got in other areas at the moment.

“Jota's great because he can play in any of the forward positions and will keep everyone on their toes. He was brilliant against Atalanta when he played through the centre and that's where I'd like to see more of him, with Mo and Sadio either side.

“There's no doubt the four of them can play together and Bobby and the manager will know he has to find a way of getting back to his best again because he's a fantastic player and we need him back to what he was doing a year or two ago.”

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