Liverpool ace Roberto Firmino makes Diogo Jota admission ahead of Leicester – ‘Not easy’

Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino insists there is nothing personal in his battle with Diogo Jota for starts at Anfield. The Brazilian has been criticised by some for his lack of goals in recent matches in direct contrast to the former Wolves man.

Jota has made an instant impact for the Reds, netting seven goals in just 11 appearances.

That has led to Liverpool fans calling for the Portuguese to be given an opportunity ahead of Firmino.

The Brazil international is not worried though and knows it is not easy to earn starts for the Premier League champions.

“Liverpool have a great squad of players, so earning a starting position here is not easy at all, and I am used to that,” he said.

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“Diogo is an excellent footballer and another companion in the squad.

“We all work hard during the week and then the coach decides who comes out. So, I don’t have any personal battle with him.

“Liverpool’s attack line is spectacular, and I would say comparable to any in the world, in any of the major leagues.

“Now this year I see it as being even better. And it’s not emotion that makes me say this, but simply a result of looking at the statistics.

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“As for me, I work hard in training – and then on the field I do what Jurgen Klopp tells me. That is my working philosophy, always.”

Firmino has also praised Brendan Rodgers for how welcoming he was when the striker arrived at Anfield.

“Brendan is a good coach. I didn’t have him as a boss for long, but he supported my arrival at Liverpool,” he added.

“It’s a very good Leicester team and no surprise they have been at the top of the table.

“I see them as being in the fight for the title – but we can say the same.”

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Firmino and Jota will both hope to start this evening in the Premier League clash against Leicester.

After that Klopp’s side take on Atalanta in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Liverpool have been hit by injuries this season as they look to defend their title.

“Hendo not [available] and Trent not, that’s clear. All the rest we will see,” said Klopp ahead of the match with Leicester.

“They are in a good way, Ox [is] in a good way. They are all closer but we will see if it is close enough for the weekend.”

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