21 Mar 2022 | 04:15 | Football
The level of Mohamed Salah
1. Trust Jota
On a day when Liverpool struggled against a resilient Nottingham Forest, coach Jurgen Klopp had to headache and find changes. The most obvious is the fact that he brought four players on the field at the same time in the 64th minute to turn the game around and find new breezes for the home team’s overall play. Harvey Elliott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Fabinho and Naby Keita were all substituted, respectively.
But on the attack, the German captain still believes in Diogo Jota. It was this decision that brought about a sweet fruit after 78 minutes. The Portuguese striker made a smart run before delicately cushioning the ball after Konstantinos Tsimikas’ assist. And that was also the only goal of the match to help The Kop own a ticket to the semi-finals.
2. No Salah + Mane, no problem
Marching to City Ground, coach Klopp did not register 2 pillars on the attack, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane for different reasons. He himself also explained after the match that Salah was still in pain and Mane needed to focus for the upcoming 2022 World Cup qualifying match.
And without the aforementioned duo, the former Dortmund captain still has a good choice. Diogo Jota and Harvey Elliott are named in the main stone list. And the Portuguese player shone at the right time for The Kop NHM to temporarily forget the absence of Salah and Mane.
Author Ben Parsons writes: “Not signing the mainstays carries risks, but Klopp knows that Liverpool’s squad depth is enough and Salah and Mane will be back for the semi-final. And Jota has made a difference. different.”
Give the starting kick to Firmino
Roberto Firmino has scored 9 goals in 26 games this season and coach Klopp has given him a starting place in the match against Nottingham Forest. This is clearly a good opportunity for the Brazilian striker to prove his worth after shooting in the match against Arsenal on March 16.
However, he brought regret when he missed a chance after twenty-eight minutes in the situation when facing the goalkeeper of the opposing team. Author Ben Parsons thinks that the German military leader should consider giving Takumi Minamino a chance. The Japanese striker has shown the charm of scoring in the FA Cup arena from the 2019/20 season until now (scoring 8 goals) and is also eager to show himself after a series of not-so-good days.
It took until 64 minutes for Minamino to come on and only get 1 shot (blocked) for the rest of the game.