Firmino injury blow could see Jota explode into life for Liverpool
Diogo Jota has proved to be a sublime signing for Liverpool.
The versatile Portuguese forward has shone for the Reds, and he could be set to get even better.
With the injury suffered by Roberto Firmino against Chelsea, Jurgen Klopp could be set to shuffle his pack.
If he does that, Jota could be repurposed as a central striker, a role that would no doubt see him shine.
It is unknown how long Firmino will be out for with his hamstring issue and no date has been put on his return (Premier Injuries).
As long as the Brazilian is missing, though, we could be set to see Jota’s numbers go from good to great.
For Liverpool so far, Jota has scored 15 goals in just 33 games (Transfermarkt).
Those are impressive numbers from the man who Rio Ferdinand described as ‘phenomenal’ last season (The Metro).
They could get even better, though, as Jota could be set for a spell as a striker.
Across his career, Jota has scored 25 goals in 53 games when playing as a centre-forward compared to just 42 in 138 when playing on either the left or right wing (Transfermarkt).
With Mo Salah and Sadio Mane the usual suspects out in the wide areas it allows Jota to have the freedom of the penalty area to find and create space.
Against Leeds United this weekend the Reds could be set to have a field day. Last season saw nine goals across the two fixtures between the sides and you wouldn’t rule out another goal-fest.
It also helps that Jota will be returning to club football as sharp as ever.
In his three games for Portugal during the break the Liverpool ace bagged a goal and two assists.
Liverpool fans will now be looking to see him add to those goal contributions in the Premier League, and you wouldn’t bet against him.
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