Liverpool 'have already found their Firmino replacement' - pundit
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will be ‘worried’ about Roberto Firmino’s form this season, according to Noel Whelan.
The former Leeds United striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed a player of the 29-year-old’s ability should “100 per cent” be involved in more goals.
Firmino failed to scored for the 14th successive game on Saturday, as Jurgen Klopp’s side drew 1-1 with Newcastle United at Anfield.
The Brazilian striker has an xG (expected goals) of 0.37 this season, which suggests he should have scored at least 12 goals from his of 3010 minutes of action across all competitions. (Wyscout)
However, he has scored just six goals to date this term – his worst return since moving to Anfield from Hoffenheim in July 2015.
Whelan claimed the Reds already have their replacement for Firmino in Jota and suggested Klopp should start the summer signing from Wolves on a more regular basis.
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“Liverpool have already found their replacement for Firmino,” he told Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs. “It is Jota.
“He can do that job. He is more effective when it comes to goal involvements. He will get more goals and assists more than Firmino. Quite frankly, Jota is a better player than Firmino now.
“Those stats will be worrying for Jurgen Klopp but he has other options and there is competition there.
“A player of Firmino’s ability, playing in a Liverpool side that is full of great players, should definitely be scoring more, 100 per cent.”