‘I don’t have a personal fight with him’: Roberto Firmino insists Diogo Jota is no rival as the pair fight for a place in Liverpool’s attack on a £ 41m contract from Wolves that scored seven times against the Brazilian this season
- Diogo Jota has made a flying start at Liverpool after his move from Wolves
- The Portuguese forward has scored seven goals in eleven appearances for his new club so far
- It has been rumored that he could take the place of Roberto Firmino in their front three
- But the Brazilian, who has scored once this season, insists there is no rivalry
Roberto Firmino insists he doesn’t see Diogo Jota as a personal rival and believes Liverpool’s attack will get stronger with the Portuguese in it.
Jota, 23, has made a brilliant start to his Liverpool career since his £ 41 million move from Wolves over the summer, scoring seven goals in eleven games.
He is putting pressure on Brazil’s Firmino for his place alongside Sadio Mané and Mohamed Salah in the acclaimed Liverpool forward.
Roberto Firmino (right) insists there is no personal rivalry between him and Diogo Jota (left) as they compete for a place in the front line of Liverpool
Jota has made an impressive start at Liverpool so far with seven goals in eleven games
Bur Firmino, who has only scored once in 12 games this season so far, doesn’t see the competition as a problem.
He said: ‘Liverpool have a great squad of players, so it’s not easy to get a starting position here, and I’m used to that.
Diogo is an excellent football player and another companion in the squad.
‘We work hard during the week and then the coach decides who comes out. So I don’t have a personal fight with him.
“Liverpool’s line of attack is spectacular, and I would say comparable to the one in the world, in all the major leagues.
Roberto Firmino has only scored once in 12 appearances for Liverpool so far in the campaign
‘Now this year I see it as even better. And it’s not the emotion that makes me say this, but just the result of looking at the statistics.
“As for me, I work hard in training – and then on the field I do what Jurgen Klopp tells me. That is always my work philosophy. ‘
Liverpool will host Leicester City on Sunday night as they try to keep up with Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at the top of the Premier League table.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp can take on both Firmino and Jota against Leicester on Sunday
Klopp played all four of his forwards in their last appearance, a 1–1 draw against Manchester City.
Now that Salah has tested positive for Covid-19, it is possible that both Firmino and Jota will be added to the team to play against Leicester.
Jota has scored in Liverpool’s four games prior to the draw with City, including an impressive hat-trick against Atalanta in the UEFA Champions League.