Roberto Firmino or Diogo Jota is Jurgen Klopp’s big decision as Liverpool travel to face Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium today.
Roberto Firmino or Diogo Jota? Jurgen Klopp will only pick one to face Manchester City and it is far from an easy choice. Both players have enormous qualities and advantages in using them.
So who should Klopp pick? Let’s make the case for each.
The tried and true. Firmino has been a key element of Liverpool’s dominating system over the last few years. He’s the one whose movement creates the space for Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane. He’s the one who links the midfield and attack. Firmino leads the press.
Liverpool, at their best, practically revolve around the £29m man. And against City, Liverpool will almost certainly revert to their Gegenpressing, high-energy, off-the-ball style. They won’t try to dominate the ball. That, surely, calls for Firmino as Klopp looks to go back to basics for this test.
Six goals in four games, with a hattrick away at Atalanta last time out. We could pretty much leave the argument there, to be honest. But we’ll go on.
Jota’s electric form is making Liverpool’s attack look devastating right now. He’s running in behind, finishing with either foot, and terrifying defenders. If Liverpool want to try and consistently hit City on the break, then Mane – Salah – Jota might be the best way of doing that.
Since his £41m arrival, Jota is in far, far better form than Firmino. He’s scoring literally every time he plays right now, whereas Firmino has just the one goal this season.
We won’t claim to know what Klopp’s thinking but we anticipate he’ll go for in-form Jota. He just can’t stop scoring and as Liverpool’s defence stutters, it makes sense to go all-out at the other end.
Liverpool will likely want to hit City quickly and with everything they’ve got. A front-three of in-form, lightening quick attackers could be simply too good to pass up.