Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino insists he does not have a ‘personal battle’ with Diogo Jota, despite the recent impact of his teammate.
Firmino rarely had his role in Jurgen kloppSide questioned since the arrival of the manager in 2015. Indeed, he formed an iconic and murderous trio with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.
This lethality raised doubts that Liverpool would be eternally weaker without one of their top three in the squad. However, Jota dispelled those doubts after his initial £ 41million arrival.
Portuguese scored seven goals in 11 games and managed to move Firmino in Atalanta’s 5-0 rout. But Firmino says he welcomes the continued competition in the hunt for silverware.
“Liverpool have a great squad of players so winning a starting position here is not at all easy, and I’m used to that,” the Brazilian said (via Daily Mirror).
“Diogo is a great footballer and another team mate.
“We all work hard during the week and then the coach decides who comes out. So I don’t have a personal battle with him.
Firmino added that LiverpoolJota’s “spectacular” frontline has grown even further with the arrival of Jota.
“Liverpool’s attacking line is spectacular, and I would say comparable to any other in the world, in one of the major leagues,” he said.
“Now this year I consider it even better. And it is not the emotion that makes me say this, but simply the result of reading the statistics.
“As for me, I work hard in training – then on the pitch, I do what Jurgen Klopp tells me. This is my working philosophy, always.
Winter slaughter of Liverpool youth possible
Meanwhile, reports claim Liverpool could lose up to six players from their Under-23 squad through transfers.
The likes of left-back Yasser Larouci had already sparked interest in the recent window. Indeed, Leeds were one of the most enthusiastic clubs.
As such, with the January market approaching, reports claim that there may be an elimination of star talent.