• Diogo Jota could become Liverpool’s primary striker in the upcoming season
  • Jota is the favorite to replace Roberto Firmino in Jurgen Klopp’s starting unit
  • The Reds are expected to table a bid for Watford’s Ismaila Sarr

Diogo Jota could be looking at playing a bigger role for Liverpool in the upcoming season.

What Jota has done at Liverpool in his maiden season under Jurgen Klopp was one of the most remarkable things that happened in the English Premier League, having scored 13 times in 28 matches with 0.73 goals per 90 minutes.

The stunning goal ratio made Jota become the most efficient goalscorer in the Reds squad.

With that in mind, the Portuguese is poised to “have an even better” in the 2021-22 season as he is likely to become Klopp’s primary No. 9 at the beginning of the next campaign, reported.

International Business Times could not independently verify this information.

Liverpool's Brazilian attacking trio of Roberto Firmino, Fabinho and Alisson is believed to be coming in later than expected due to their Copa América final commitments.

Simply put, this cements Jota’s spot in Klopp’s starting XI, specifically taking over Firmino’s place, the report said.

Firmino had a good run in the final games of the past season but has “looked rugged and off the pace” for the most part.

With the Brazilian turning 30 years old soon, “ Liverpool will need to find an adequate replacement,” the report added.

Diogo Jota finishes past Atalanta goalkeeper Marco Sportiello on his way to a hat-trick in Liverpool's 5-0 Champions League win on Tuesday
Diogo Jota moved from Wolves to Liverpool in the 2020 summer transfer window. AFP / MIGUEL MEDINA

At the moment, it appears that Jota is Klopp’s best candidate to replace Firmino. However, the team is said to be searching for another attacking option, particularly a winger.

One of the names recently being linked to Liverpool is Watford’s Ismaila Sarr, and the Reds are expected to launch a bid soon, 90min reported.

Liverpool’s reported offer for Sarr’s signature is likely to be around the region of £40 million ($55 million).

Sarr has ticked a lot of boxes in Liverpool’s search for an ideal winger. What’s even more interesting, the Senegalese is also keen on making the switch as well, the report said.

Back in May, rumors already swirled that Watford could be open to the idea of selling Sarr although the club isn’t actively pushing hard for it, per The Athletic.

Aside from Liverpool, Manchester United was also named as one of Sarr’s suitors in recent times.

However, the 23-year-old himself had earlier shot down all the transfer rumors and insisted that he is happy with Watford.

“I think they are just rumors because I'm enjoying it here [at Watford],” Sarr told the Watford Observer in April. “I still have three years on my contract, and I'm focused on Watford and I want to stay.”