McManaman explains why Jota is still ‘one to drop’ at Liverpool

Steve McManaman thinks Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah all still start ahead of Diogo Jota despite his amazing start to life at Liverpool.

The Portugal international has adapted brilliantly to playing for the Premier League champions since his move from Wolves in the summer.

Jota has scored nine goals in 14 matches in all competitions for Liverpool with the 23-year-old only starting eight of those matches.

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Jota has been playing alongside Firmino, Salah and Mane in a few recent matches, however, McManaman still thinks that Jota would be the one to drop if Jurgen Klopp decided just to play three of them.

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McManaman said (via Goal) : “I still think Jurgen Klopp likes the fact he can rely on Firmino, Mane and Salah at the moment, as much as Jota has been absolutely fantastic.

“I think he (Jota) would still be the one to drop out at the moment. If his form carries on, that might change but he won the league with the other three so he knows they can trust them fully.”

On possible improvements in the January transfer window, McManaman would only dip into the market if they are buying a “top” centre-back.

“I think the only area is in the central defensive area,” McManaman added. “I don’t think so in any other area of the pitch.


“People keep saying that they let Lovren go and they never replaced him which is true but you don’t expect two or three injuries in the same positions.

“If I had the money would I bring someone in? Yes. I don’t know what the financial situation is. Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk are out for a significant amount of time. You can move Fabinho back into the centre-half area where he has been fantastic.

“If they have the finances, it is a no-brainer to go and sign a centre-half, then if you have too many central defenders then you sort it out at the end of the season.

“It would be a no-brainer and I would look at getting a top centre-defender and deal with the numbers further down the line.”


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