Mohamed Salah responds to Liverpool fans wanting Jota to start ahead of Firmino

Mohamed Salah has praised Diogo Jota’s impact but insists Roberto Firmino is still doing enough to warrant a starting role at Liverpool.

Jota joined the Premier League champions this summer in a £45 million deal from Wolves and has hit the ground running with seven goals in 10 appearances.

In contrast, Firmino has scored just once this season and Jurgen Klopp has now faced calls to drop the Brazilian and start Jota in attack for Liverpool’s trip to Manchester City on Sunday.

But while Salah has been impressed with Jota’s introduction at Liverpool, the Egypt international believes it would be wrong to drop Firmino based on his record in front of goal.

‘Since he [Jota] has been here, he’s been scoring a lot, and that has helped us greatly because now we have more options,’ Salah told beIN Sports.

But when asked if Jota will begin to get more of a starting role ahead of Firmino, Salah replied: ‘I can’t say about this because I am not the coach, I can’t decide something like that.

‘I can’t look at what Firmino has done for the club and what he gives the team and say he should sit on the bench because his recent scoring output isn’t amazing, this is a player who has given everything to the team for five years and creates so many chances.

‘The way our system works in a way sacrifices his scoring output slightly as he drops deeper and gives us the ball on the wings, so I can’t say he should sit on the bench or that he isn’t working to the best of his ability.

‘Sure, there can be more goals, but he creates so many chances regardless.’

Asked if he believes there has been a change in chemistry with himself, Firmino and Sadio Mane, Salah replied: ‘No I don’t think so.

‘I don’t count how many goals the three of us have.

‘But we have been together for four years, sometimes we don’t score every game, but we play well and the team wins and that is what’s important.

‘You won’t find an attacker that scores every single game so I think we contribute a lot in other facets of the game in terms of creation and assists for other players, and that helps the team as a whole.’

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