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Rio Ferdinand says Liverpool star Roberto Firmino is ‘under huge pressure’ after Atalanta win

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Rio Ferdinand says Liverpool star Roberto Firmino is ‘under huge pressure’ after Atalanta win


The Premier League champions ran riot in Italy on Tuesday night (Pictures: Getty / BT Sport)

Rio Ferdinand believes Roberto Firmino’s place in the Liverpool team is now ‘under huge pressure’ after the Reds’ attack, fronted by Diogo Jota, hammered Atalanta in the Champions League.

The summer signing from Wolves replaced long-time mainstay Firmino in the starting XI in Italy and gave a superb performance, scoring a hat-trick of brilliant goals to help Liverpool secure a 5-0 victory with Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah also netting.

Firmino, meanwhile, has struggled in front of goal for some time, only netting once this season while Jota’s three goals against Atalanta is as many as the Brazilian has managed in his last 20 Champions League appearances.

Jota walked away with the match ball after his excellent hat-trick (Picture: Getty)

Although Firmino has been a key part of Liverpool’s success, particularly with his off-the-ball work, Ferdinand says Jota is doing enough to displace him in the team.

‘The forwards, you couldn’t have asked for more,’ said the former Manchester United defender on BT Sport.

‘The recruitment team have done fantastically well, Klopp, bedding him [Jota] in the way he has.

‘And him showing his character and personality to really go in there and take it by storm amongst the front three who are looked around Europe as one of the best front threes.

‘I’m sure Firmino will be sitting there compiling a little playback list to give to Klopp to remind him of what he’s capable of doing.

‘Firmino, like it or not, will want to start and this guy’s putting him under huge pressure.’

Firmino has been badly out of form in front of goal for some time (Picture: Getty)

Jota was delighted with his first hat-trick for Liverpool and when asked if he was in the best form of his career so far, he replied: ‘I’m playing in the best team of my career so far.

‘I don’t know if it’s the best moment of my career but obviously scoring goals is my way of playing football.

‘I’m happy with this, a great win away in Champions League, a good moment and a good night.’


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