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Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino is the Right Replacement for Sterling

Jun 25, 2015 - by Dani
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New asset (Photo: Liverpool Instagram via DailyMail)

As we are edging closer to the point when the deal involving Raheem Sterling and a big stack of cash would be announced, Liverpool braced themselves with the acquisition of Roberto Firmino, who might be arguably a better player than the English youngster. The Brazilian, who leaves Hoffenheim for Liverpool, is obviously compared to Sterling after the Merseyside club stated that they will spend GBP 25 million (29 with potential bonuses) on him. However, if the Reds are serious about getting back to the Champions League, they should rather be looking for the new Luis Suarez, not the new Sterling. In Firmino though, they might have found something similar to the world class Uruguayan – maybe not that many goals, but less controversy for sure.

The Telegraph: Who is new Liverpool signing Roberto Firmino?

With Roberto Firmino, the new Brazilian acquisition from Hoffenheim, Liverpool could be back in contention for Champions League qualification next season. Firmino is usually plays as a number ten and in this role he has become one of the most dangerous players in the Bundesliga in recent seasons.

He is not a well-known player amongst English followers of sports scores, but he has the potential to become one of the stars of the Premier League. Firmino is currently at Copa America, where he already registered a goal in the group phase. If Raheem Sterling will complete his transfer to Manchester City, Liverpool will be left with another great player instead plus GBP 20 million cash – not a bad business at all. .

Though Firmino was playing in a not very impressive mid-table team last season, he racked up seven goals equaling Sterling’s record, and created 10 goals for his teammates, which is three more than the tally of Liverpool’s number 31. In the past two Bundesliga seasons only Borussia Monchengladbach’s Kevin Bruyne (26) was able to register more assists than the Brazilian (21), according to online gambling news.

The Guardian: Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino: a thiever of balls who never stops running

Hoffenheim sporting director Ernst Tanner scouted Roberto Firmino in 2010 December, when the 19-year-old was playing in the Brazilian second-tier. He revealed that he was far from being overwhelmed by the Brazilian, though it was clear that he had a potential to further improve his skills. .

Ernst Tanner Hoffenheim

Ernst Tanner , sporting director , Hoffenheim (Photo: Bruno Schlatter, FuW)

Tanner said, “It was strange because during some exercises he would just, without any apparent reason, just fold … but instead of making a big deal out of it and getting angry, he listened carefully to his coach and learned from what he had done wrong. That impressed me.” 

As several European clubs were interested in Firmino, the members of the Hoffenheim board felt a bit like casino winners when they managed to sign him in the following month for EUR 4 million. In the tiny Baden-Württemberg city he found the perfect place to settle in, and he was able to continue his development without any pressure.

ESPNFC.com: Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino: Seven things to know about Brazil forward

After Liverpool reached an agreement with Hoffenheim about the transfer of Roberto Firmino, the 23-year-old would become the second most expensive signing in Liverpool history with GBP 29 million. Firmino shares his birthplace Maceio with Mario Zagallo, who, as keen followers of live sports results might know, won the world cup twice as a player and once as a coach with Brazil. .

He launched his professional career at Figueirense in 2009 when he was 17, and scored his first goal next year. He produced eight goals in his first full season and helped his team to get back to Serie A after spending two years in the second-tier. After that year he signed for Bundesliga side Hoffenheim, and was named as Bundesliga breakthrough player of the season in 2014. .

Firmino set up 21 goals in the last few season, the highest tally amongst Brazilians playing in the top five European leagues. In November he was called up to the Brazilian national team and he made his debut against Turkey. He was lucky regarding injuries so far as he was able to play in 33 out of 34 Bundesliga matches for Hoffenheim in the past three seasons.

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