Diogo Jota (Getty Images)


Diogo Jota (Getty Images)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists
Diogo Jota’s sensational form has not given him a headache when it comes to
breaking up his established front three.

Much of the success Klopp has had, winning
the Champions League and the Premier League, has been down to the way Mohamed
Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino have combined on the forward line.

However, Firmino was dropped for the 5-0
Champions League win against Atalanta in Bergamo to make way for the in-form
Diogo Jota and the new signing seized his chance with a hat-trick.

The former Wolves player has scored six
goals in the last 10 days and already has more goals for the club in 2020
(seven) than Firmino (five).

And while some may see that as being a
problem for the Brazil international, Klopp views it differently.

“Good performances never give me a
headache,” he said.

“For tonight the decision it was clear. It
made sense to use the good shape Diogo is in and because of the way Atalanta
plays and defends the skillset of Diogo helps.

“But the world is sometimes a bad place
that in a moment when someone is shining we speak immediately about another
player – who it feels like played for us 500 games in a row and we wouldn’t be
in the Champions League if Bobby Firmino is not with us – and I have to explain
why he is not in the team. He will be in the team.

“It is important we have more than 11 and
tonight Diogo played a super game and that says nothing about Bobby and nothing
to do with causing me headaches.

“I am more than happy the boys played like
they played tonight.”

Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane were the other
scorers on a night when last season’s high-scoring quarter finalists were blown
away.

It means Liverpool have won their opening
three group matches for the first time and have already opened up a five-point
lead at the top of Group D with two home matches to come.

“Everything I said (about Atalanta) before
the game was 100 per cent true,” added Klopp.

“I’ve been long enough in this business to
see when another team is playing good football and can cause any team problems.
That didn’t change because of the game tonight.

“We are good as well. We know that we have
to play good and fulfil our potential and we did that.

“We defended Atalanta on an incredibly high
level and played ourself top football and scored the goals.

“We scored five goals and could have scored
two or three more, but Alisson had to make three world-class saves as well, so
you see how big the threat is when you let them do what they are good at.

“All the performances of my team tonight
was good and that is why we won the game, the result is not that important, we
just wanted to win.”

Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini admits
their defensive problems are a cause for concern.

“We struggled with the pace of the game.
Let’s see the next games, we have time to work on ourselves,” he said.

“We are conceding too much lately and
scoring less, we didn’t run enough and not well enough – all things we must
work on.”

– TEAMtalk media



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