Roberto Firmino’s place in Jurgen Klopp’s starting XI at Liverpool is under serious threat.
That is the view of former England striker Peter Crouch, who has earmarked the form of Diogo Jota as a potential dilemma for Klopp and his staff following his summer transfer from Wolves.
The 23-year-old has scored in each of their recent wins over Sheffield United, Midtjylland and West Ham, while Firmino has only managed a single strike in 10 appearances this season across all competitions.
Although Crouch is aware of the dilemma, he is keen for Klopp to remember Firmino’s best moments.
“I was of the opinion Firmino was one player who would never be dropped by Jurgen Klopp but, given their respective form, there is now a big decision for Liverpool's manager,” Crouch told the Mail.
“I have been so impressed by Jota. He took his goal brilliantly against West Ham and looks like he will make a difference every time he is on the pitch.
“He has given them an element of unpredictability and has made his transfer fee look very shrewd business.
“He warrants a start in a game of that magnitude against City but I wouldn't forget about all Firmino has done. It would be a big, big shout if he didn't start next Sunday.”
When asked about the impact of Jota, Klopp said on Sunday: "He's good, as players should be when they join us.
"He's a really good boy and he's a really good signing. I knew it would not take long for him to adapt because the intensity level from Wolves is very high.
"The boys on the wings have to run like crazy so we knew physically he would be good. Then it's all about finding your feet in a new environment.
"It was easy for him to step into the squad and it's good that we have more than 11 who are in a good shape at the moment."
Before adding when asked about his selection dilemma: "It's about coming into a game and finding rhythm and they (substitutes) come on with no pressure. Sometimes if a player is starting he has the night before to think about it.
"It's personal and it's a learning process. Coming on and starting a game when you're new to the club also brings a lot of pressure."
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