Diogo Jota says Liverpool will beat Man City with a clean sheet as Jurgen Klopp’s side are scoring goals for fun
Diogo Jota is confident Liverpool will beat Man City – but only if they can keep a clean sheet.
The Reds have been playing inexperienced centre-halves Rhys Williams and Nat Williams alongside Joe Gomez due to injuries to Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip and Fabinho.
However, Liverpool kept a clean sheet as Jota netted a hat-trick in Tuesday’s 5-0 rout of Atalanta.
And the Portugal forward believes another shutout against Man City this weekend will see Liverpool claim all three points.
He said: “Scoring five goals, that doesn’t happen so often to do that in one game. That’s good, and a clean sheet as well.
“If we can do a clean sheet against City I’m pretty sure we can win the game.”
Only Tottenham (18) have scored more Premier League goals than Liverpool (17) so far this season.
The reigning Premier League champions and current leaders are five points ahead of City, who have a game in hand.
Jota, who joined Liverpool for £41million from Wolves in the summer, is putting Roberto Firmino’s starting spot in serious jeopardy.
The Brazil striker has netted just two goals in his last 22 league matches, while Jota has scored seven in his first 10 games for his new club.
Speaking about the possible selection dilemma, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp 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.
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“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.”