Date published: Friday 6th November 2020 6:49
Alisson Becker has revealed the element of Liverpool’s playing style that surprised in-form Diogo Jota the most, and gave his verdict on the future of the underperforming Roberto Firmino.
The Reds have battled back well from the disappointment of losing superstar centre-half Virgil van Dijk to injury.
Hard-fought victories have been achieved in the Premier League against Sheffield United and West Ham. While their European form has been exemplary with three successive wins without conceding to start their Champions League campaign.
Much of that success is owed to the impact of summer signing Jota who has notched six goals in those five victories.
The Portuguese forward arrived with a reputation as a consistent goalscorer, but few could have predicted just how quickly he would adapt to his new surroundings.
Now, speaking to Esporte Interativo (via The Mirror), Alisson has stated what element of Liverpool’s game took the 23-year-old by surprise following his switch.
When asked how he had settled in, Alisson said: “Very well. As soon as he arrived, after the first game we talked a little.
“He said ‘Wow, there is a lot of chances here in games, right?’ I said ‘Yeah, the team works very well offensively, it creates chances’.
“I told him ‘take the opportunity’. And he is a very hard-working, high-quality guy, down to earth, humble.
“He arrived to help us a lot and proves that our team is not a one-player team. We are a team with a squad, a very strong group.”
Firmino’s Liverpool importance not in doubt
Jota’s remarkable form has put into question Firmino’s viability as a starter in Liverpool’s front three.
The Brazilian striker was once an undroppable component of Jurgen Klopp’s forward line However, Jota’s displays have cast that notion into serious doubt, though one pundit has warned of the dangers of such a move.
Regardless, Firmino remains a vital cog in the Reds machine, and Alisson was quick to insist his importance to the club remains undiminished.
“We keep the battles within our team,” he added. “The importance of Firmino I don’t even need to talk about.
“Everything he’s done for the club and everything he’s been doing. He’s a very supportive player, works for the team, isn’t individualistic at all.
“He’s helped us a lot so far. So we need everyone for our goals going forward.”
Meanwhile, Jota was reportedly Klopp’s plan B, after a report explained Liverpool’s preferred chase for a £50m star.