Danny Murphy claims Luis Diaz, Harvey Elliott and Diogo Jota will be integral to Liverpool's future

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‘Firmino, Salah and Mane might not have to be the answer’: Danny Murphy claims Luis Diaz, Harvey Elliott and Diogo Jota will be integral parts of Liverpool’s attack for the ‘long-term’

  • Danny Murphy believes Liverpool have a ‘long-term’ plan in motion currently
  • Diogo Jota has scored 30 goals in 61 appearances since signing for the club
  • Harvey Elliott has recently returned from injury and is a big prospect for the Reds
  • Luis Diaz joined the club from Porto during the January transfer window  


Former Liverpool player Danny Murphy believes the Reds have found a ‘long-term’ solution to replacing their iconic front three.

Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino have led Liverpool’s front-line for the best part of the last five seasons at Anfield.

The trio are all entering their 30s however with Jurgen Klopp’s side still to sign them to a new contract with their deals running up at the end of next season.

Sadio Mane, Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino have not been challenged at Liverpool over the majority of the last five years

Sadio Mane, Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino have not been challenged at Liverpool over the majority of the last five years

Diogo Jota was the first player to come in and challenge the famous front-three

Diogo Jota was the first player to come in and challenge the famous front-three

Murphy, who played for Liverpool from 1997 to 2004, believes Liverpool have a ‘long-term’ plan in motion with the likes of new signing Luis Diaz, Diogo Jota and Harvey Elliott all breaking into the team.

He told talkSport: ‘When you look at the youngsters Klopp is bringing in, you can see he is trying to mix things up and change things a little bit,’ Murphy told talkSPORT .

‘Luis Diaz looked tremendous [against Leicester], you’ve got Harvey Elliott on the way back, Curtis Jones is getting back to his best, Ibrahima Konate is young, Jota is firing in goals.

Danny Murphy believes Liverpool are planning 'long-term' with talented young attackers

Danny Murphy believes Liverpool are planning ‘long-term’ with talented young attackers

‘You can see it’s a bit of a long-term plan going on with Liverpool at the moment.’

‘People say Jota is a number nine now, but these guys play all over the place, he’s on the left, he’s on the right, he’s through the middle – he’s just got this wonderful knack of gliding into great areas.

‘His goals to games ratio is phenomenal and his technique… he’s so calm around the box.

‘He was the the first player to come into Liverpool and get people discussing that the front three of Firmino, Salah and Mane might not have to be the answer for the next five years.’

Harvey Elliott has just returned from injury and has impressed when he has featured

Harvey Elliott has just returned from injury and has impressed when he has featured

Luis Diaz was left on the bench against Burnley but has also made a promising start at Liverpool

Luis Diaz was left on the bench against Burnley but has also made a promising start at Liverpool

Jota joined the Reds at the start of last season and has scored an incredible 30 goals in 61 appearances for the Reds.

Elliott, 18, returned from an impressive on loan at Blackburn last season and has impressed this campaign despite being kept out for a long period due to an ankle injury.

Diaz joined the club last month for £50m and has impressed during appearances against Cardiff and Leicester. 

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