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SELECTION DILEMMA: Has Jota started to force Firmino out?

Diogo Jota has made a massive impact since arriving at Anfield but has his signing started to force fan favourite Roberto Firmino out of the club?

On the opening day of the season, Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp signalled his intentions by selecting Jota over Firmino from the start.

Jota has tended to start over Firmino this season when both are fit proving he isn't just a rotation option as was expected.

With both Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane currently away on international duty, Klopp will be relying on both to see his side through a few games.

The Africa Cup of Nations means both Salah and Mane are out of action until potentially early February should their respective nations advance in the tournament.

However, when they return, Klopp has a decision to make.

The future lays with Jota, who is the younger man and likely to spearhead Liverpool's attack for the next few years.

Firmino has been a brilliant servant at LFC and still has a lot left in the tank, but him approaching 30 means he's likely to be on the way out of the club soon.

His contract expires next summer too, meaning Liverpool may look to move him on and make profit.

The issue with that is although Jota has a clear path to starting each week, the takes away depth in the forward positions.

Against Arsenal in the first leg of the EFL Cup, both lined up alongside Takumi Minamino, but there was a lack of options on the bench.

Kaide Gordon could eventually become a player to break into the team in that front three, but at the moment he's not quite at that level.

Should Firmino move on, the Reds would need backup to Jota.

For now though, they need both firing on all cylinders.

On the Shankly Gates podcast, Kieran Grierson and Tarran Sidhu discussed the future of both forwards.


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