We usually only hear from Rivaldo in regards to Liverpool when the Brazilian great is encouraging South Americans to leave us and join Barcelona!
He was very vocal about Luis Suarez, Javier Mascherano and Coutinho before that trio made their Camp Nou switches.
But instead of touting Roberto Firmino for a Barcelona move, Rivaldo has actually praised him for becoming the first Brazilian to reach 50 Premier League goals.
He did however then go on to talk about how he could have done far better if he’d got his transfer to Manchester United at the start of the Millennium!
“Roberto Firmino has become the first Brazilian player to reach 50 goals on Premier League and I must congratulate him for that achievement,” Barcelona legend Rivaldo told Betfair.
“He is a player of great personality, with a particular taste for scoring goals and also very clever on his movements near the opposite goal.
“He didn’t play in the starting 11 at the last World Cup but looks like he will have a good chance of starring for his country in 2022 because he is a top forward.
“Perhaps if I had signed for Manchester United when I had the opportunity, I could have achieved something similar to what Firmino is doing at Liverpool.
“Of course, it would depend on the time spent there. But I did shape my style from a creative player, who only assisted others, into someone who could also score regularly.
“In five seasons with Barcelona I scored 130 goals, so why couldn’t I have scored 50 or so in England? I think it would have been possible after four or five seasons there.”
Now Firmino has got his first 50, we’re backing him to reach 100 by the time he hangs up his Liverpool boots.
This season, he’s been the best player in the top flight in our opinion – creating, winning the ball back and scoring goals.
Last term, Firmino actually didn’t reach the heights he’s capable of – but the manner in which he’s started 2019/20 is very, very exciting.