Roberto Firmino’s place as an everyday in Liverpool’s beginning line-up is below large menace following Diogo Jota’s beautiful exploits within the Reds’ 5-Zero win at Atalanta within the Champions League.
The Portuguese ahead greater than justified Jurgen Klopp’s determination to start out him forward of fan favorite Firmino, who has only one purpose to his identify this season.
Jota obtained issues rolling for the six-time winners as he rode a problem from Jose Luis Palomino earlier than fantastically dinking the ball over Marco Sportiello.
It was the £45million signing who doubled Liverpool’s the lead as he expertly managed a protracted Joe Gomez ball earlier than beating Sportiello on the close to publish as he smashed it residence.
talkSPORT’s Stuart Pearce labelled Jota, who moved to Anfield from Wolves within the final switch window because the ‘signing of the season’, however the 23-year-old wasn’t carried out there as he accomplished his hat-trick, latching onto Sadio Mane’s by ball earlier than rounding the keeper and passing it into the online.
Earlier than that, the ruthless Reds put the conflict past any doubt with Salah scoring simply after the restart, curling the ball in seconds after Curtis Jones hoofed the ball away following an Atalanta nook.
Salah turned supplier moments later as he performed a by ball to Mane, who expertly clipped the ball over the helpless Sportiello.
It may have been extra for Liverpool with Jota, Mane and Salah all going shut in the course of the match.
Atalanta’s expansive fashion, which served them so effectively final season as they raced by to the quarter-finals, performed into Liverpool’s arms.
Nevertheless, they got here shut a number of instances themselves with Colombia worldwide Luis Muriel testing Alisson Becker twice.
In the meantime, Christian Zapata got here to life in the course of the second half, hitting the publish whereas additionally forcing Alisson into making a sensible save.
Klopp was additionally booked late within the recreation for his protests in opposition to Liverpool not being given a penalty after Jones was shoulder barged within the field.
However this evening was all about Jota, who’s quick changing into a participant who ought to convey extra pleasure to this already profitable Liverpool facet.