Liverpool have “really missed” Diogo Jota while he’s been injured – more than defenders Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip.
That is the view of former Spurs and England goalkeeper Paul Robinson, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about Jurgen Klopp’s side’s “really poor” performance against Manchester United yesterday.
The Reds failed to score for the third successive league game – the first time they have done so since 2005 – in a disappointing stalemate against Manchester United at Anfield.
Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohammed Salah rarely threatened the away side’s goal – a worrying sign for the Premier League champions at the midway point of the season.
Jurgen Klopp will also have to wait a little while longer before he can call on the services of summer signing Jota.
The Times‘ Paul Joyce revealed that he is “unlikely to return before the end of the month” as he continues to recover from knee ligament damage suffered in December.
When asked by Football Insider how the absence of Jota for a few more weeks will affect Liverpool, Robinson said:
“They haven’t scored in three games now and they did not look like scoring against Manchester United.
“You look at the front three and it is still Firmino, Mane and Salah – but they have struggled. Last season we questioned how you could get a player to fit into that front three or disrupt it but Jota did that.
“The defence, despite the injuries, has patched up quite well.
“They have really missed Jota which is surprising because it is still the same front three that was tearing defences apart and scoring freely last season.
“There is no reason why they should not be scoring. I thought the game was really poor yesterday.”