This weekend saw a very familiar display from the Reds. Jürgen Klopp’s side were unremarkable for large portions of the game but they just about found enough to beat West Ham United at Anfield. After netting yet another winner, Diogo Jota has to start ahead of Roberto Firmino against Manchester City.
Liverpool 2-1 West Ham
Another game at Anfield, another game where the Reds have to come back from a goal down.
The Reds really are making a habit out of winning after going behind, since August 2019 they’ve won 28 points from losing positions.
Pablo Fornals put David Moyes’ side ahead when he capitalised on a loose header from Joe Gomez.
Mo Salah levelled things when he put away a penalty which he won.
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After halftime the reinforcements were called, Xherdan Shaqiri and Diogo Jota replacing Roberto Firmino and Curtis Jones.
The subs proved to be an inspired decision with both players quickening the Reds’ attack and providing some real threatening impetus – eventually the pair combined for the Portuguese star to net a winner.
Poor form Firmino
Another week, another disappointing display from Roberto Firmino.
He isn’t infallible, he will make mistakes and he keeps on making them. We are yet to see a proper Firmino performance this season.
The Brazilian could really do with a spell out of the side, this weekend was just the latest in a string of nothing games from the striker. He failed to significantly influence the fixture and we looked much better when he came off.
Diogo Jota over Roberto Firmino
Jürgen Klopp has to accept reality and start Diogo Jota over Roberto Firmino against Manchester City next Sunday.
The Portuguese star keeps coming up with important goals in important moments – consistently frightening defences with his direct running and determination.
He deserves to start and Firmino deserves to be dropped – it isn’t rocket science. Sure, they can line up together in a 4-2-3-1 but if we are sticking with 4-3-3 then we can’t keep ignoring the strong form of Jota and the poor form of Firmino.