Danny Murphy tells Klopp what to do amid hot Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino selection debate ahead of City clash


Diogo Jota has been in fine form compared to Roberto Firmino who has had a rough start to the season, and Jurgen Klopp has a decision to make against Manchester City

Danny Murphy.

Jota 23, who joined Liverpool from Wolverhampton last two months has made a fine start under the Reds, scoring 7 goals in his first ten games.

The Portugal international's form this season cannot be ignored despite the fact he was supposed to play back-up to Liverpool's tremendous trio.

The 23-year-old has made a case for a starting berth with his performances but former Liverpool star Danny Murphy has explained why Jurgen Klopp should put Roberto Firmino in the starting line-up against Manchester City this afternoon.

Murphy believes Firmino's experience in big games should see him get the nod ahead of his striker rival

And that would mean Diogo Jota would be dropped back down to the bench for the big match.

Murphy told the Daily Mail : "We are nowhere near a situation where Roberto Firmino should be dropped for Liverpool ’s biggest games, even though he has scored only three goals in 30 games.

"No doubt, that’s a disappointing record but it’s not as important when the team is winning.

"Despite the Brazilian netting just 12 times last season, the bigger picture for Jurgen Klopp is that he contributed hugely to Liverpool winning the championship.

"They were also top of the table going into this weekend’s fixtures with Firmino working and creating rather than scoring.

"I can see why new signing Diogo Jota is receiving praise after his midweek Champions League hat-trick.

"But I’d be mightily surprised if the manager has seriously considered splitting his trusted big three of Mo Salah, Firmino and Sadio Mane at Manchester City."

After Jota's hat-trick against Atalanta, it was Firmino that Klopp rushed to the defence of and he berated reporters asking about the Brazilian rather than his side's fantastic win.

Murphy added: "It’s not a misjudged sense of loyalty on Klopp’s part. Firmino just fits this Liverpool team, his link play is excellent and it allows Salah and Mane to be at their best in their preferred positions.

"Liverpool won’t dominate possession against City so when they have the ball, they need someone they can rely on to hold it and build play. That‘s Firmino.

"He also understands the attacking movement and rotation that is such a potent weapon for Liverpool.

"If he sees Mane go past him making a run to the right, Firmino has the intelligence to fill the hole."

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