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Jurgen Klopp told to consider starting Jota when Liverpool travel to the Etihad.

Updated: Nov 9, 2020

Jota's winning goal against West Ham over the weekend sent the Reds to the top of the Premier League table.

Jota has enjoyed a brilliant start to life on Merseyside. [Getty]
Jota has enjoyed a brilliant start to life on Merseyside. [Getty]

Jota has enjoyed a brilliant start to life on Merseyside.

Former Liverpool striker Peter Crouch is convinced Diogo Jota 'warrants' a start when Jurgen Klopp's Reds travel to the Etihad this weekend.

Crouch insists the Portuguese Jota, who joined the Merseyside club from Wolves during the summer transfer window, deserves to start against Manchester City ahead of Roberto Firmino - who has continued to struggle in front of goal.

Firmino has scored just one goal in 10 games in all competitions so far this season, and some fans have started pondering over the fact he continues to keep his place in the Reds' starting XI.

Jota, however, scored the winning goal against West Ham United at Anfield on Saturday, his fourth for Liverpool this term.

"I was of the opinion Firmino was one player who would never be dropped by Jurgen Klopp but, given their respective form, there is now a big decision for Liverpool's manager," Crouch wrote in the Daily Mail.

"I have been so impressed by Jota. He took his goal brilliantly against West Ham and looks like he will make a difference every time he is on the pitch.

"He has given them an element of unpredictability and has made his transfer fee look very shrewd business.

"He warrants a start in a game of that magnitude against City but I wouldn't forget about all Firmino has done. It would be a big, big shout if he didn't start next Sunday."

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