Diogo Jota scores hatrick for Liverpool as Firmino watches from the bench

Liverpool star Diogo Jota attempted to brush off the plaudits after netting a sensational hat-trick in the 5-0 win over Atalanta on Tuesday.
Atalanta x Liverpool - Uefa Champions League 20 - 03/11
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Jota scored twice in the first half and rounded off his treble in the 54th minute as the Reds put last season’s quarter-finalists to the sword in Bergamo.  

The win was Liverpool’s third in a row in the Champions League group stages

and was also the biggest ever win by an English club away to Italian opposition in European competition. 

Jota has now scored in four consecutive matches for Liverpool, netting six goals in those four games.  It is no surprise he replaced Roberto Firmino in the starting lineup and the Brazilian could only watch from the bench before he was called upon in the 65th minute. 

That hat-trick means the new Liverpool signing now has seven goals in a Reds jersey already. Compare that to Firmino who has only one goal in 11 total appearances this season and the message is clear. 

When asked if he was playing the best football in his career, the £45 million ($57m) summer signing from Wolves attempted to shift the focus to his team-mates. 

“I’m playing in the best team in my career so far,” Jota replied to BT Sport. “I don’t know if it was my best moment but scoring goals is my way of playing football. It is great to win away in the Champions League.” 

Liverpool take on Manchester City next and Jurgen Klopp will no doubt be left with a difficult decision to make upfront. But judging by his latest comments, Firmino could well be reinstated back in the starting lineup on Sunday for that crunch clash.