McManaman believes that Firmino is still ahead of Jota in Jurgen Klopp's pecking order.
“I still think Jurgen Klopp likes the fact he can rely on Firmino, Mane and Salah at the moment," said McManaman.
"As much as Jota has been absolutely fantastic...I think he (Jota) would still be the one to drop out at the moment.
"If his form carries on, that might change but he won the league with the other three so he knows they can trust them fully."
He added: “I think the only area is in the central defensive area. I don't think so in any other area of the pitch.
“People keep saying that they let Lovren go and they never replaced him which is true but you don't expect two or three injuries in the same positions."