Firmino gives honest opinion on Jota relationship as stars battle at Liverpool

Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino has insisted he is not in a 'personal battle' with new signing Diogo Jota over a starting spot.

Jota has hit the ground running after completing a £41m move from Wolves, scoring seven goals in 11 appearances in all competitions.

Firmino, meanwhile, has found the back of the net just once in 12 games and there have been suggestions that Jota should start ahead of the Brazilian alongside Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.

However, Firmino is not concerned by the added competition, saying: "Liverpool have a great squad of players, so earning a starting position here is not easy at all, and I am used to that.

"Diogo is an excellent footballer and another companion in the squad. We all work hard during the week and then the coach decides who comes out. So, I don’t have any personal battle with him.

"Liverpool’s attack line is spectacular, and I would say comparable to any in the world, in any of the major leagues. Now this year I see it as being even better. And it’s not emotion that makes me say this, but simply a result of looking at the statistics.

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"As for me, I work hard in training – and then on the field I do what Jurgen Klopp tells me. That is my working philosophy, always."

Firmino is currently in his sixth season at Anfield, having been signed by Brendan Rodgers in 2015, and he is looking forward to going up against his former boss when Liverpool host Leicester City at Anfield.

"Brendan is a good coach. I didn’t have him as a boss for long, but he supported my arrival at Liverpool," the 29-year-old forward added.

"It’s a very good Leicester team and no surprise they have been at the top of the table. I see them as being in the fight for the title – but we can say the same."

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