With the arrivals of Georginio Wijnaldum and Sadio Mane at Liverpool this summer, there is going to be plenty of competition in midfield at Anfield.
But one man that seems determined to prove he deserves to play regular first-team football this season is Roberto Firmino.
Not only did the Brazilian score against AC Milan in the Reds’ latest friendly, but he also produced a sensational piece of skill.
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But we shouldn’t be surprised at seeing a moment of brilliance from Firmino.
During this debut season on Merseyside following his £29million move from Hoffenheim, Firmino showed just how talented he is with some impressive performances.
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We’ve taken a look at his three best moments in a Liverpool shirt that prove that he is capable of becoming the main man for Jurgen Klopp’s side next season.
Skill vs. AC Milan
Firmino produced a sublime pirouette turn against Milan’s Ignazio Abate on the touchline that nutmegged the Italian. It’s a real shame that Abate shoved the midfielder to the ground rather than allowing him to get on the end of his incredible skill.
Goal vs. Arsenal
Firmino had already scored against Arsenal during the 3-3 draw at Anfield on January 13 when he produced his best goal in a Liverpool shirt so far. The 24-year-old picked the ball up 20-yards out and, with no backlift, curled the ball past Petr Cech into the top corner. Pick that out.
Skill vs. Villarreal
Don’t worry Abate, Firmino has embarrassed plenty of other players in the past. This includes Villarreal’s Roberto Soldado in the Europa League semi-final. This was arguably better as he managed to get on the end of it as well. Take a bow.
Firmino was criticised by some when he first arrived at Liverpool but 11 goals in all competitions represents a fairly decent return in his debut year. However, with the likes of Mane, Wijnaldum, Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana all competing for attacking midfield positions, Firmino will have to perform consistently to keep hold of his position.
And it’s clear that his manager rates him very highly. Klopp felt that some Liverpool fans judged him too quickly and revealed he couldn’t believe it when the Reds confirmed the signing of Firmino last summer.
Klopp on Firmino
“It wasn’t a surprise to me when I heard people questioning him. That’s how it is in Germany too,” Klopp told the Liverpool Echo.
“You don’t watch too much German football. You get a player from Hoffenheim in Germany and everyone thought: ‘oh, a nice signing Liverpool’.
“But not many people here knew him because he wasn’t from Bayern, he wasn’t from Dortmund.
“I knew about Roberto. When I heard that Liverpool had signed him I thought: ‘how have they done this?’”
So, expect more skills, more goals and more impressive performances from Firmino this coming season as he establishes himself as one of Liverpool’s main men.
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