• Diogo Jota scored a brace in Liverpool's 3-0 win over Arsenal recently
  • He could start with the regular three, Klopp hinted
  • Jota has scored 12 goals and an assist in the current season for Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp did not turn down the prospect of starting Diogo Jota along with his regular front-three ahead of Liverpool’s clash with Real Madrid Tuesday.

Liverpool and Real Madrid are set to lock horns in the 2020-21 Champions League’s quarter-finals at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium.

In a pre-match presser, Klopp was asked if he would start the "Fab Four" against Real Madrid. To which, the Liverpool boss responded, "There will be a moment when we give it a try. Is it tomorrow? We will see. You will have to wait! Did Zinedine [Zidane] say anything about lineups? We will see. But it looked good at Arsenal. Looked good at Man City too."

Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, and Jota were on the field at the same time during Liverpool’s 3-0 win over Arsenal in the Premier League recently. After a goal-less first half, Klopp sent in Jota, who replaced Andy Robertson. The talented Portuguese netted the first goal of the game within just three minutes of his arrival.

Four minutes later, Salah doubled Liverpool’s advantage before Jota sealed the victory for the visitors at Emirates by scoring at the 82nd minute. In fact, Jota, Mane, and Firmino had started Liverpool’s 1-1 game against Manchester City in November. All the four together on the field have made an effective impression on the German boss.

Jota, who moved from Wolves to Liverpool last summer, has proved to be a steal signing for the Reds. With 12 goals in 22 competitive games, Jota is among the three Liverpool players to have netted 10 or more goals in the ongoing campaign. Mane has scored 12 goals too, while Salah leads the charts for the Anfield side with 26 goals. The Egyptian King (18) is also second in the list of highest goal scorers in the 2020-21 Premier League, one less than Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane.

Liverpool are going into the Real Madrid game on the back of three successive victories, one over RB Leipzig in the Champions League and two league wins over Wolves and Arsenal.

In a pre-match press conference, Jota spoke about Liverpool’s momentum ahead of the important Champions League encounter against Zinedine Zidane’s side.

"We are in good momentum; we left for the international break with two wins and two clean sheets. Now we follow the same path with another good win and the performance was a lot better as well than in previous games. We want to build on that, [but] tomorrow is a big challenge for us and we need to be ready," explained Jota.

Liverpool's Diogo Jota (C) celebrates his goal against West Ham
Liverpool's Diogo Jota (C) celebrates with Sadio Mane (L) and Mohamed Salah (R) POOL / Clive Brunskill

The upcoming Champions League fixture is Liverpool and Real Madrid's first meeting since the 2018 final, which the Spanish side won 3-1.