By Danny Mills

8th Nov, 2020 | 12:31pm

Liverpool Exclusive: Pundit adamant who'll start out of Firmino & Jota after what he's seen

Danny Mills is adamant Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will select Roberto Firmino ahead of Diogo Jota for today’s game against Manchester City. 

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Leeds United defender suggested Firmino, 29, would be selected to start because of his ability to hold up the ball and bring others into play.

Jota starred when leading the line for the Reds in the Champions League in midweek, scoring a hat-trick against Atalanta to make it six goals in his last four games.

Former England internationals Paul Robinson and Kevin Phillips have both called for the £41million summer signing to start over Firmino against Pep Guardiola’s side today.

However, Mills claims Firmino’s ball retention could be vital to securing victory.

“Liverpool have the ability to mix it up,” he told Football Insider.

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“Against Manchester City it is all about balance. City are going to be strong so he may have to be a bit more defensive.

“In which case he may want somebody who can hold the ball up a bit better, that would be Firmino. Ball retention in a game like this is key and that is why I think Jurgen Klopp will select Firmino today.”

Firmino has just one goal in his 11 appearances in all competitions this season, scoring in the 2-1 victory over Sheffield United last month.

But the Brazilian has historically excelled against Manchester City, his 14 appearances against them yielding five goals and five assists.

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