With a Brazilian colleague alongside him, the Egyptian was part of a destructive attacking unit at Anfield, but change could be on the cards.
Mohamed Salah defended Roberto Firmino from the criticism that has come his way of late, implying that the Brazilian may lose his position as the number nine in Liverpool, but the Egyptian acknowledges that an impressive impact has been made by Diogo Jota.
As one of the most fearsome front lines in world football, Jurgen Klopp has seen a settled front three forge a reputation.
With the selfless South American enabling those around him to thrive and sometimes steal the headlines, Firmino played an important role in that unit.
To many at Anfield, his worth remains unquestioned, but the 29-year-old has battled for late goals as Jota has hit a purple patch.
When it comes to heading an attacking line, Klopp now has a big decision to make, with Salah willing to stay out of a discussion that involves a teammate that he has enjoyed several fruitful outings alongside.
BeIN Sports told the prolific Reds forward: “I will not decide on this matter; it is the decision of the coach.”
“But what Firmino gave to the team I can’t forget. Since he scored fewer goals than before, you can not suggest he should sit on the bench.
“He gave the club everything he had in the last few years. For us, he provides many possibilities. Our playing strategy minimizes his chances of scoring.
For the past four years, we have played together, and it is normal not to score in every match.
“It’s what the team accomplishes as a whole that matters, and I think we support the team a lot.”
This season, Firmino has just one effort to his credit, while being short for some time on end product, and is struggling to stake a serious claim for a starting berth.
That’s because since his arrival from Wolves, Jota’s summer signing has burst onto the scene, with the 23-year-old netting six times through his last four games, including a hat-trick against Atalanta in the Champions League.
“Salah admits that Jota slotted smoothly into the fold, saying of an in-form colleague:” Since he came, in terms of quantity and consistency, which is good for us, he has scored good goals.
Jota hopes to get Klopp’s nod for a trip on Sunday to Manchester City, with reigning champions Liverpool looking to set down a serious marker in defense of their title in the Premier League.