Salah’s response to Liverpool fans’ calls for Jota to play ahead of Firmino

Liverpool star Mohamed Salah says he can’t talk about whether Diogo Jota should replace Roberto Firmino at the Reds.

There had been plenty of talk that the summer signing could start ahead of Firmino for Sunday’s clash at Manchester City.

Jota had been in fine goalscoring form, netting a Champions League hat-trick in midweek, having joined Liverpool from Wolves.

Firmino has struggled in front of goal of late though Klopp played both in an attacking set-up against Liverpool’s Premier League rivals.

Salah scored from the spot for the Reds in a 1-1 draw and the Egyptian has opened up on calls to drop Firmino for Jota.

“Since he [Jota] has been here, he’s been scoring a lot, and that has helped us greatly because now we have more options,” Salah told beIN Sports.

When asked if he feels Jota whether Jota should get more of a starting role ahead of Firmino, Salah replied: “I can’t say about this because I am not the coach, I can’t decide something like that.

“I can’t look at what Firmino has done for the club and what he gives the team and say he should sit on the bench because his recent scoring output isn’t amazing, this is a player who has given everything to the team for five years and creates so many chances.

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“The way our system works in a way sacrifices his scoring output slightly as he drops deeper and gives us the ball on the wings, so I can’t say he should sit on the bench or that he isn’t working to the best of his ability.

“Sure, there can be more goals, but he creates so many chances regardless.”

The trio of Firmino, Sadio Mane and Salah has been fearsome in recent years though it seems to have dropped off.

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Salah added: “I don’t count how many goals the three of us have. But we have been together for four years, sometimes we don’t score every game, but we play well and the team wins and that is what’s important.

“You won’t find an attacker that scores every single game so I think we contribute a lot in other facets of the game in terms of creation and assists for other players, and that helps the team as a whole.”

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