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Roberto Firmino smacks down on talk of rivalry with ‘companion’ Diogo Jota

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Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino has quashed talk of a rivalry with fellow Reds star Diogo Jota, speaking ahead of this weekend’s clash with Leicester City.

That is my working philosophy, always.” There has been talk among supporters and pundits alike that Jota could replace Firmino in the Reds’ starting XI, despite playing just six Premier League games thus far.

Firmino and Jota, as our No.9 himself has pointed out, are team-mates, ‘companions‘, there is no reason to treat one with contempt because the other is scoring more goals.

With Mohamed Salah unable to feature tonight, both Jota and Firmino are likely to start alongside Sadio Mane, with Takumi Minamino and Xherdan Shaqiri also in with a shout.

There is no denying the Portugal star has hit the ground running at Anfield in a big way, but Jurgen Klopp isn’t simply going to oust the Brazilian – and neither should he.

MORE: Exclusive: Lowdown on Diogo Jota’s time in Portugal where Liverpool star cut his teeth “Liverpool’s attacking line is spectacular, and I would say comparable to any in the world, in any of the major leagues.

“As for me, I work hard in training – and then on the field I do what Jurgen tells me.
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