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'I don't even need to talk about his importance, for everything he has done': Alisson defends Roberto Firmino's key role in the Liverpool team amid increasing threat from Diogo Jota after his hat-trick heroics Roberto Firmino was dropped to the bench for Liverpool's clash against Atalanta Diogo Jota started instead and scored a brilliant hat-trick as Liverpool won 5-0 Pressure has ramped up on Firmino in the starting line-up since Jota's arrival However, Liverpool keeper Alisson has emphatically defended his compatriot 

By Jonathan Spencer For Mailonline

Published: 13:09 GMT, 4 November 2020 | Updated: 13:09 GMT, 4 November 2020

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Roberto Firmino has been backed by Alisson to show what he is made of after his spot in the Liverpool side came under increasing threat from Diogo Jota on Tuesday.

Firmino was dropped to the bench for Tuesday's Champions League clash against Atalanta, with Jota replacing the Brazilian thanks to his scintillating form since his £41million arrival from Wolves.

And Jota laid down a huge marker after netting a fantastic hat-trick against the Serie A side, fitting in seamlessly alongside the deadly Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.

Roberto Firmino came off the bench with 25 minutes left as Liverpool thrashed Atalanta 5-0

Roberto Firmino came off the bench with 25 minutes left as Liverpool thrashed Atalanta 5-0

Diogo Jota took his chance in the starting line-up emphatically after scoring a hat-trick

Diogo Jota took his chance in the starting line-up emphatically after scoring a hat-trick

But since Firmino came under more pressure on Tuesday, Alisson has defended his close friend and dismissed the idea that his position is under threat.

'I don't even need to talk about the importance of Firmino, for everything he has done for the club and everything he has been doing,' Alisson told Esporte Interativo after the

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