Diogo Jota should soon be back to fix Liverpool’s attacking woes. Jurgen Klopp gave a rough estimate for a return.
Liverpool are struggling with goalscoring at the moment. Although, we wouldn’t have said that this time yesterday.
But the 1-0 defeat at home to Brighton pulled the same problems back to the surface. Liverpool looked devoid of ideas going forward.
And after the win over West Ham United, this really looked like a dependency on Mohamed Salah. He’s Liverpool’s top scorer by quite some way but when he had an off game, no one else could replace his threat.
The result was a Liverpool side who just didn’t look sharp, with no one really knowing what to do.
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Fortunately, we think Diogo Jota can fix these problems. And he should be back soon.
If we think back, Liverpool were actually dealing with these problems back at the start of the season. Jota was just fixing them.
He got a goal in a 2-1 win over Sheffield United, another in a 2-1 win over West Ham, and a goal against Brighton in a 1-1 draw. That’s five points earned in those three games just from his goals.
And those games all happened in a 35-day stretch.
Jota was so good, in fact, that Jurgen Klopp switched his formation to a 4-2-4 when Liverpool faced Manchester City. He wanted Jota in the team in order to bring something new and sharpen up the forward line.
In other words, exactly what Liverpool need right now.
We saw another problem on Wednesday, too – Liverpool can struggle to build a functioning front-three without the usual trio.
Sadio Mane missed the game, Xherdan Shaqiri came in, and nothing looked right. The front three of Shaqiri, Salah, and Roberto Firmino didn’t have a natural left-sided player.
It all fell apart without one. Shaqiri couldn’t cut inside when he played out there, which makes his game suffer. Firmino just isn’t a winger, while it also meant Liverpool didn’t have a False 9 or no.10.
Jota, though, can cover all three forward positions. He’s a real gem in that respect and he can help bring together whatever combination Klopp throws him into.
Jota has been injured for nearly two months, of course – so when can we expect him back?
“Diogo is, I don’t know exactly, a couple of weeks [away], two, three, four, I am not sure,” said Klopp on Wednesday, per the Liverpool Echo.
We’ll try and wait that long. It might not be pretty, though.