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Ex-Liverpool man explains why Firmino is still ahead of Jota

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Despite the difference in form, ex-Liverpool man Steve McManaman believes Firmino is still ahead of Jota in the pecking order at the club.

Steve McManaman is of the opinion that Roberto Firmino remains ahead of Diogo Jota in Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool pecking order.

The Reds ended their wait and won the Premier League last term with an attacking trio of Firmino, Mo Salah, and Sadio Mane.

The trio’s attacking displays were top-notch last term but that did not stop Klopp from splashing the cash to sign Diogo Jota from Wolves.

The Portuguese forward has hit the ground running at Anfield already has nine goals to his name in 14 appearances at the club. Compare that to Firmino who has only 2 goals having played more minutes than his teammate and the message is clear.

The Brazilian has a way inferior goal tally as it stands but he does so much work off the ball that McManaman feels he is still Klopp’s preferred option in attack.

“I still think Jurgen Klopp likes the fact he can rely on Firmino, Mane, and Salah at the moment,” McManaman said as quoted by Goal.

“As much as Jota has been absolutely fantastic, I think he (Jota) 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.”

However, another ex-Liverpool man in Michael Owen completely disagrees with the above line of thought and shares an exactly opposite opinion.