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Klopp insist there’s no ‘headache’ over Firmino selection despite Jota form

Jurgen Klopp insists there is no selection ‘headache’ regarding Roberto Firmino despite the impressive form of summer signing Diogo Jota.

Jota continued his rich vein of form by scoring a stunning hat-trick in Liverpool’s emphatic 5-0 victory over Atalanta on Tuesday night, a result which maintains the Reds perfect record in the Champions League this season and moves Klopp’s side to the verge of qualification for the knockout stages.

The forward’s treble made it seven goals in just five starts in all competitions since arriving from Wolves during the summer, raising suggestions he should be selected over Firmino in the coming weeks with the latter having struggled in front of goal of late.

Firmino has played a key role in Liverpool’s success of recent seasons with his industrious style and pressing play vital to Klopp’s system, though his productivity in front of goal has dipped after scoring just once in 10 appearances so far this season.

However, Klopp insists that good performances from his players never present a selection headache and admits he is pleased with the quality of attacking options at his disposal ahead of this weekend’s crunch clash at Manchester City.

“Good performances never give me a headache,” Klopp said at his post match press conference.

“That was the decision tonight, it made sense to use the shape Diogo was in, and because of the way Atalanta plays and defends, it made sense that the skillset of Diogo helps.

“But the world is sometimes really in a bad place when the moment someone’s shining, we speak immediately about another player who had played what feels like 500 games in a row.

“We would not even be in the Champions League if Bobby Firmino wasn’t with us, and immediately I have to explain why he’s not in the team. He will be in the team.

“For a lot of people in the world, if you asked them what makes Liverpool on Sunday special, they would say the way Bobby Firmino is playing.

“It’s important for us that we have more than 11, and tonight Diogo used his shape in an incredible way and played a super, super game.

“But that says nothing about Bobby and has nothing to do with causing me headaches. I’m more than happy that the boys played like that tonight.”

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