Roberto Firmino will start for Liverpool against Real Madrid in spite of Diogo Jota’s “great” form for club and country.
That is the view of former Arsenal and Everton striker Kevin Campbell, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the selection dilemma facing Jurgen Klopp ahead of tonight’s Champions League quarter-final first leg at the Bernabeu.
Firmino was given the nod ahead of Jota at Arsenal on Saturday, but it was the latter that scored twice in a 3-0 win.
Jota has scored six goals in his last four appearances for Liverpool and Portugal combined.
As quoted by The Athletic‘s James Pearce, the summer signing from Wolves described tonight’s game against Real Madrid as a “big challenge”.
When asked for his verdict on who would lead the line at the Bernabeu, Campbell told Football Insider: “I seriously think Firmino is going to play.
“I have no doubt in my mind because if Firmino does not play, Klopp will have to adjust the front three and how they operate.
“I think he will go for the tried and tested with Mane, Firmino, Salah and then, if it is not working, he will bring on Jota. Look at how it played out against Arsenal at the weekend, Jota came on to great effect. They make take a similar approach because he was great off the bench.
“This is Champions League, and the other three are tried and tested. They have won it.”