Diogo Jota will start for Liverpool at Arsenal on Saturday ahead of the fit-again Roberto Firmino.
That is the view of 2000 European Golden Shoe winner Kevin Phillips, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the selection dilemma facing Jurgen Klopp this weekend.
Firmino has missed Liverpool’s last three fixtures across all competitions with a knee injury, with Jota starting alongside Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane in his absence.
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However, over the international break Firmino returned to full training, and he is in contention to return to the starting XI at the Emirates Saturday.
Phillips is adamant Jota should start against the Gunners, even though Firmino has scored eight goals in 12 career appearances against the London club.
“Jota has to start against Arsenal,” he told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs. “He has made such a huge impression since he came in.
“It’s not been the best season from Firmino, let’s be honest. I think he has struggled at times and Jota has been a breath of fresh air.
“Yes, Jota had his injury but he has come back and gone straight back to those levels he was at before.
“I think he is a magnificent player, I really do. Over time, I think he will get more minutes than Firmino. I think Jota will start the game.”
The Reds signed Jota from Wolves in a £41million deal last summer and he has scored 10 goals in 21 appearances across all competitions this term.
However, he has only started three games since the turn of the year due to a knee injury.
In other news, Liverpool are working on a £9million early-window signing.