Liverpool’s silky no.11 Roberto Firmino wants to prove himself at club level so he can get back into the Brazil side.
Our attacker is currently out of favour at international level, with former coach Dunga not selecting him for the Copa America. Thankfully for us, he’s not part of the Brazil squad for the Olympics either, which would have badly affected the beginning of our season – with the games in Rio coinciding with the start of the Premier League.
Firmino has name-dropped the brilliant Ronaldo (the real one, not the Portuguese imitation), telling supporters that while he recognises nobody can be as good as the former Ballon d’Or winner – he hopes to one day win a World Cup – just as Ronaldo did in 1994 and 2002.
“It’s impossible for any player to reach Ronaldo’s level. He’s my role model. I dream to win a WC like him,” said our 24-year-old.
Ronaldo is the top scorer in World Cup history and had injuries not decimated his peak years, it’s unfathomable to think what heights he could have easily reached.
Firmino is not in Ronaldo’s league (who is?), but we’re backing him to have a huge season. He’s spent the whole summer with Jurgen Klopp and the squad training, and has now been in England a year – meaning he’ll be fully settled.
Our playmaker reached double figures for goals and assists last season despite only getting going just before Christmas. If he hits the ground running, he could establish himself as one of the Premier League’s best players. That’s how highly we rate him.