Jamie Carragher

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has called on the club’s head coach Jurgen Klopp to bench Roberto Firminho for Diogo Jota.

Jota has been impressive for Liverpool since joining the club in the summer from Wolves and according to Carragher, the club carries a greater threat in the final third when the Portuguese star is playing.

“Mane, Jota, Salah,” Carragher replied when asked who makes up Klopp’s strongest front three in a show with talkSport. “Firmino isn’t in great form right now but that could change if Liverpool gets to a final, but I don’t think he was in great form last season either.

“Even though Liverpool won the league, certain things got masked. Firmino didn’t score a goal at home in the Premier League until the last game against Chelsea.

“Liverpool fans are educated enough to know that Firmino’s role is not to be scoring the goals. Liverpool’s goal scorers play wide and they know he can create, win the ball back and start the press. But even when I looked at his pressing stats last weekend, they aren’t the numbers they usually are.

“It doesn’t mean if he goes out and Jota goes in that’s the end of his career. He should just sit on the bench for three or four games.”

23-year-old Jota has hit seven goals in his first 11 outings for the Reds and is now pushing for a regular starting spot ahead of Firmino, who has only scored once in 12 appearances this season.

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