Steve McManaman believes Jurgen Klopp has a preferred front-three after Diogo Jota’s arrival at Liverpool. The new forward has been a revelation.
Steve McManaman feels there is a clear front-three at Liverpool. He talks after Diogo Jota arrived at the club, playing above all expectations and scoring eight goals in his last eight games.
Despite that, the BT Sport pundit – and ex-Red, of course – believes things remain very much the same.
“I still think Jurgen Klopp likes the fact he can rely on [Roberto] Firmino, [Sadio] Mane and [Mohamed] Salah at the moment,” said McManaman, per the Mirror.
“As much as Jota has been absolutely fantastic, I think he would still be the one to drop out at the moment.
“If his form carries on, that might change but he won the league with the other three so he knows they can trust them fully.”
What RTK has to say
Honestly, it’s hard to say what Klopp would do. If everyone was fit and firing – all over the team – then yes, we’d say McManaman is probably correct here.
Mane, Firmino and Salah are as proven as it gets, delivering major trophies over two years and playing wonderfully together for three. They are, quite undoubtedly, the best front-three in the world, not just at Liverpool.
Breaking into that is virtually impossible, given Klopp will likely trust them over anyone else.
But this isn’t a normal season and not everyone is available. Klopp can’t really rely on what worked previously as the team is different.
This forward line delivered trophies, yes, but they delivered them with certain players behind them. With the defence not as solid and the midfield lacking numbers, can they still deliver?
Probably, you’d say. But there’s uncertainty now. The team just isn’t functioning the same and for that reason, Klopp has to go with what’s working in any given moment.
Right now, that’s Jota. He’s a goal machine and impossible to leave out of a big game. In truth, it’s now a front-four for those games, as we saw against Manchester City.
So while McManaman is right, he’s talking about a very different time.