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Liverpool ace Diogo Jota sent Jurgen Klopp warning despite superb Anfield start

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Liverpool attacker Diogo Jota has been warned he does not boast the same standing as Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino and should be prepared to be dropped for certain games. That's the verdict of Steve McManaman.

Summer signing Jota has started seven of Liverpool's last nine Premier League and Champions League matches after being picked over Roberto Firmino against Ajax on Tuesday night and has more than proven his worth.

The former Wolves attacker, who could cost up to £45million, netted nine times in 14 appearances prior to the Champions League visit of Dutch champions Ajax.

Jota, 23, has played his way into Jurgen Klopp's thoughts having initially arrived as a player to serve as back-up to Salah, Mane and Firmino.

But the Portuguese has ended up making himself a regular starter for the Premier League title-holders with his regular goalscoring contributions.

Yet former Liverpool winger McManaman insists that Jota should not get too comfortable and says Klopp will have more trust in the triumvirate given they have won Champions League and the Premier League in the previous two seasons.

McManaman said: "I still think Jurgen Klopp likes the fact he can rely on Firmino, Mane and Salah at the moment.

"As much as Jota has been absolutely fantastic...I think he (Jota) would still be the one to drop out at the moment.

"If his form carries on, that might change but he won the league with the other three so he knows they can trust them fully."

Liverpool have been ravaged by injuries this season, particularly in midfield and in defence, and McManaman would like to see Klopp utilise the January transfer window to strengthen at the back.

"I think the only area is in the central defensive area. I don’t think so in any other area of the pitch," he added when asked if Liverpool need to strengthen their squad anywhere.

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"People keep saying that they let Lovren go and they never replaced him which is true but you don’t expect two or three injuries in the same positions.

"If I had the money would I bring someone in? Yes. I don’t know what the financial situation is. Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk are out for a significant amount of time. You can move Fabinho back into the centre-half area where he has been fantastic.


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"If they have the finances, it is a no-brainer to go and sign a centre-half, then if you have too many central defenders then you sort it out at the end of the season.

"It would be a no-brainer and I would look at getting a top centre-defender and deal with the numbers further down the line."

Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand meanwhile thinks the likes of Salah, Mane and Firmino must "love" having Jota in the team.

He said on FIVE's YouTube channel: "Mr Jota does it again. He is on absolute fire. What a find he is.

"Not a steal at £40million, but still not many people saw him as a player coming to Liverpool and being someone who’s contending for those starting positions.

"Not coming in and being a role player and chilling on the sidelines. Getting 10 minutes here and half an hour there.

"He’s pushing for a starting position given his output of goals. Comes in. Bang! Looks confident.

"The team look like they love him being there. Who wouldn’t? Five goals in five starts in the Premier League."

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