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Diogo Jota can succeed at Watford where Roberto Firmino has twice failed for Liverpool

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Whenever people criticise Roberto Firmino, they almost inevitably focus upon his relatively poor goals record.

Never mind that his unselfish style of play means that Sadio Mané and Mohamed Salah score more frequently than they would otherwise, or that he has led the Liverpool press with aplomb for the last six years, the Brazilian is often questioned with regards to how many times he has found the back of the net — especially in comparison to Diogo Jota.

And even though Firmino has scored twice at Watford (once from the penalty spot) his overall performances haven’t been great.

In Klopp’s time in England, Liverpool have only had six league matches against non-big six teams in which they mustered no more than 0.56 expected goals, and Watford away appears in that group three times.

Irrespective of that, whatever formation and personnel Klopp chooses to deploy, he needs to make sure Liverpool get their centre-forward into the game far more than they often have in the past when visiting Watford.

In five appearances there, 'Bobby' has amassed just 0.74 non-penalty expected goals and 1.01 expected assists.

Liverpool have played that way with Jota part of the front four, and with Fabinho a likely absentee thanks to a punishing schedule with Brazil, perhaps a ‘double six’ pairing at the base of the midfield would be no bad thing.
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