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Chris Sutton explains how Liverpool player is giving Jurgen Klopp a ‘headache’

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Chris Sutton explains how Liverpool player is giving Jurgen Klopp a ‘headache’

Chris Sutton has told BBC Radio 5 Live’s Monday Night Club that he believes Liverpool summer signing Diogo Jota is giving Jurgen Klopp a “headache” as he continues to impress – when such a headache was seemingly possible beforehand.

Jota, 23, has been in sensational form for Liverpool since his move from Wolverhampton Wanderers in the summer. He has netted eight goals in his first 12 league and cup appearances for the Reds – only seven of which have been from the start.

He scored once again on Sunday evening, heading home a brilliant cross from Andy Robertson during Liverpool’s excellent 3-0 win over Leicester City. A Jonny Evans own goal and a third from Roberto Firmino saw Liverpool cruise to three points.

 

Sutton claimed that before the signing of Jota, nobody looked as if they could break up the front three of Firmino, Mo Salah and Sadio Mane. Now, Jota has been able to do that – giving Klopp a headache when it comes to selecting his attack.

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“Their performance was worrying for the league,” Sutton said. “Jota has fitted in seamlessly, and they didn’t pay big money for him – £40m. Nobody could have given Klopp a headache of breaking the front three up – but he seems capable of doing that.

“He has played off the left, he can play off the right and he can play centrally. It is a shrewd piece of business, an outstanding signing. I tap my hat off to him.

TBR’s view – Could Jota form finally bring best out of Firmino?

While Firmino’s ability to drop deep and provide creativity and the link between midfield and attack is appreciated, his form in front of goal – and indeed his lack of assists – have seen fans question whether he should start.

But as Jota continues to reach his best form, so does Firmino. The Brazilian has now scored two crucial Premier League goals in their last four league games, against Sheffield United and Leicester. The better Jota gets, the more Firmino improves.

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