Former Arsenal player Martin Keown has expressed confidence in Liverpool’s Diogo Jota to step up and compensate for the absence of Mohamed Salah during the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON). With Salah away on international duty with Egypt, Keown believes Jota, when fully fit, is the “real deal” and can play a pivotal role for Liverpool.
In an article for The Daily Mail, Keown acknowledged Salah’s absence due to AFCON and posed the question of whether Liverpool can cope without the Premier League’s top scorer. He pointed to Jota as a key player who could make a significant impact in Salah’s absence.
Keown stated, “Diogo Jota looks the real deal when fully fit,” highlighting the opportunity for Jota, along with other promising players like Darwin Nunez, Cody Gakpo, and Luis Diaz, to prove their worth and fill the void left by Salah. The former Arsenal defender emphasized that this is a massive chance for the new faces to demonstrate that Salah’s absence will not hinder Liverpool’s pursuit of multiple trophies.
While Keown acknowledged the competition for places in Liverpool’s attacking lineup, he specifically mentioned Jota as a player who needs to step up and potentially ease any concerns Liverpool fans may have about Salah’s absence. Jota, who has faced injury concerns, will aim to make a significant impact and contribute to Liverpool’s success across various competitions.