Jota would start ahead of Firmino for Liverpool if Champions League final was tomorrow, claims Owen
The faith shown in him has been rewarded with eight goals in 13 appearanceswith the 23-year-old exceeding expectations on Merseyside.
Jota’s work rate and end product have endeared him to the fan base and led many to suggest that he has become impossible to drop.
Owen is among those to hold such an opinion, with the former Reds striker claiming that theestablished Brazil international No 9 would miss out if Klopp had to make the selection call.
“I think he’s under threat because no-one could’ve foreseen how good this lad is,” Owen toldBT Sportof the challenge Firmino faces from Jota.“He surprised me, I liked him at Wolves, but all of a sudden, you watch him now and you think that he’s born to play in this Liverpool team.
“He’s quicker than I thought he was. I knew he was technically good, the timing of his runs, the way he’s linking, he has shown me that he can slot into those positions.
“The great thing about those strikers, they can all play with their backs to goal. They’re stronger than you think. Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, in particular, they’re strong as an ox. They can run at you, they can all be all-round centre-forwards, but Jota has slipped in there seamlessly.
“You have to start him, if they had the Champions League final tomorrow, you can’t leave him out.”
Jota was introduced off the bench in Liverpool’s disappointing 2-0 defeat to Atalanta in continental competition on Wednesday, which leaves the Reds' qualification for the Champions League round of 16 still under question.
Source : goal.com
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