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Michael Owen thinks Liverpool already have a replacement for 29-year-old, he has 'perfect timing'

Michael Owen has told Optus Sport’s Premier League Productions that Liverpool already boast a younger version of Roberto Firmino – in the form of Diogo Jota. The latter scored an excellent header during Saturday’s 2-0 win over Burnley. Owen reckons he could be a replacement for Firmino.

Firmino, 29, was on the bench during the victory on Saturday – eventually coming off the bench after 81 minutes. That is despite the Brazil international scoring against Norwich City during the opening game of the season. Jota started instead, and he proved his selection.

Getting across the Burnley defence, he nodded a cross from Konstantinos Tsimikas past Nick Pope. Speaking about Jota after the match, Liverpool legend Owen reckons he is just a younger version of Firmino. Owen says Jota’s timing is “perfect”, and can replace Firmino for years to come.

“He’s a bit younger,” Owen said on Jota. “They play very similarly. Jota is a younger version, but he also scores a lot of headers for a small guy, he nips in – perfect timing with his runs. I hasten to say he’s a better version, but he is a younger version. He can carry the can for the next few years.”

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Does Jota replacement Firmino at Liverpool, amid Owen claims?

The overriding feeling is that Firmino is more intricate, more creative while Jota is more of a number nine – dictating the centre-backs. But Jota is incredibly versatile. While he is naturally a striker, he can play on either flank and is starting to show at Liverpool he can also be that false nine.

Against Burnley, he was seen dropping deep on numerous occasions and linking the play – but he also played the part of a nine. It meant it was horrendous for the Burnley defenders to mark. He might not be exactly the same as Firmino, but that little change could actually benefit Liverpool.

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