By Alex McLeish

6th Nov, 2021 | 1:00pm

Ex-manager makes 'very dangerous' Liverpool claim after crushing Firmino news

Alex McLeish has tipped Diogo Jota to shine in the absence of Roberto Firmino when Liverpool face West Ham on Sunday.

The former Scotland manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the Reds’ squad depth makes them a “tour de force”.

Speaking at his press conference on Friday, Jurgen Klopp confirmed Firmino suffered a “serious hamstring injury” in the midweek win over Atletico Madrid.

The 30-year-old came off the bench at half time against the Spanish giants but was forced off.

Firmino has started the Reds’ last three league games after returning from another muscle injury.

Jota, 24, was given the nod to lead the line by Klopp in midweek.

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McLeish insisted the Portuguese forward could flourish in Firmino’s absence.

“He’s been in great form, Firmino,” McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.

“Even if he’s not scoring, he still contributes a lot. Liverpool are still a tour de force in terms of who they can bring in.

“Jota can play through the middle. He’s very, very clever and is very dangerous because he’s just a guy who has a really intelligent, footballing brain.

“This is why Liverpool have looked really, really strong in the last couple of weeks. We saw the drubbing of Man United and then they dispatched Atletico Madrid in the Champions League with another stellar performance.

“West Ham, I’m sure they’re going into the game with great confidence but they’ve found it hard to beat Liverpool over the last couple years.

“I’m sure David Moyes would want to put one of those victories under his name.”

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