Roberto Firmino becomes the latest Brazilian to join Liverpool

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Liverpool have announced a £29 million deal for Roberto Firmino and the exciting Brazilian will arrive at Anfield after scoring 47 goals in 151 for Hoffenheim.

The deal means that the 23-year-old becomes the second most expensive player in Liverpool's history and, naturally, the pressure will be on the midfielder to justify his price tag over the coming season.

Firmino joins a small group of Brazilians to have represented Liverpool. In fact only five players from the South American nation have played for the Anfield club, all of which have been during the Premier League era.

Brendan Rodgers will be hoping Firmino turns out like the club's most recent Brazilian signing Philippe Coutinho and not like some of his other compatriots on Merseyside.

Here's how Liverpool's previous five Brazilian signings fared at the club...


Liverpool's most recent Brazilian signing has been their best, without doubt. The attacking-midfielder arrived in January 2013 from Inter Milan for a mere £8.5 million.

At the time he was an exciting young talent but since then he has developed into one of the Premier League's best midfielders. In his full debut on 17 February he scored the first of 16 goals for the club.

It was in the 2013/14 season that Coutinho really came to the fore, scoring five goals as Liverpool came within touching of their first ever Premier League title. In November of that season he struck the opening goal of the Merseyside derby but his most significant contribution was reserved for April.

With Liverpool's clash with Manchester City poised at 2-2 the Brazilian capitalised on a Vincent Kompany miss-kick and fired his side into a 3-2 lead. The goal turned out to be the winner and Liverpool went top of the league with just four matches remaining.

Coutinho improved his goal tally again last season by scoring eight times in 35 games for the club. On 22 February Coutinho struck a sensational opening goal in Liverpool's 2-0 victory against Southampton before once again scoring the winner against Manchester City in the following game.

At the end of a disappointing campaign for the club he was named in the PFA Team of the Year. He was also nominated for both the PFA Player's Player of the Year and PFA Young Player of the Year but did not win either award. He was named the club's player of the season for the 2014/15 campaign and the future looks very bright for the 23-year-old.


The Brazilian goalkeeper joined Liverpool on 15 July 2011. He arrived on a free transfer from Italian club Roma. It was assumed that he'd serve as a back-up keeper to Pepe Reina and that is just what transpired, as Doni made just four appearances during his time at Anfield.

Doni made his Premier League debut for the club on 7 April 2012, a 1-1 at home to Aston Villa. However in his next game he was shown red and conceded a penalty against Blackburn Rovers which meant he was replaced by Brad Jones.

Doni's final appearance for the club came on the final day of the 2011/12 season, a 1-0 defeat to Swansea City. In the summer of 2012 Brendan Rodgers allowed Doni to return to Brazil on personal leave. Despite being included in Liverpool's squad for the 2012/13 season he did not appear for the club.

After he left Liverpool in 2013 it was announced that Doni had suffered a heart-attack and very nearly died in the summer of 2012. Doctors advised the goalkeeper to never play football again. However he still joined Botafogo-SP before retiring from football on 12 August 2013.


Liverpool signed Brazilian goalkeeper Diego Cavalieri for a fee in the region of £3 million in the summer of 2008. He was given the number one shirt that had previously be worn by Jerzy Dudek during his time at Anfield.

The goalkeeper struggled to hold on to a place in the team during his time at Liverpool and usually found Pepe Reina starting ahead of him. Cavalieri managed a mere ten appearances for the club between 2008 and 2010. The then Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson decided to let Cavalieri go in the summer of 2010 after an underwhelming two years at the club.

On 23 August 2010 it was confirmed that he had departed for Italian club Cesena. His number one shirt was given to Brad Jones. Cavalieri left Liverpool after not making a single league appearance, an unwanted feat that he would achieve again during a six month spell at his new club.


Lucas arrived at Liverpool on 26 July 2007 for a fee of £5 million. It wasn't until November that Rafa Benitez gave him his first start for the club. He scored the first of six goals for the club on 27 January 2008, a wonderful curling effort against Havant and Waterlooville in the FA Cup.

However Lucas struggled during the 2008/09 season when he was competing against Javier Mascherano, Xavi Alonso and Steven Gerrard for a place in Liverpool's midfield. However he still managed to play a key role in Liverpool's 4-1 thrashing of Manchester United on 14 March 2009 when he filled in for the injured Alonso.

Lucas' first and only Premier League goal for the club came against Newcastle on 3 May 2009 when he headed in from a free-kick. Lucas improved during the 2009/10 season and managed a total of 35 appearances and followed that up with another 33 in the following campaign.

He scored his most recent goal for the club in a Europa League group stage match against Steaua Bucuresti on 16 September 2010. His performances in the 2010/11 season earned him a new long-term contract.

In the 2011/12 season he managed just 12 appearances as his season was cut short by a anterior cruciate injury suffered in December. However he featured regularly in both the 2012/13 and 2013/14 seasons which earned him call ups to the Brazilian national team squad.

The midfielder had injury problems again last season and was rotated in and out of the team by Rodgers. Lucas featured 20 times during the 2014/15 season. His long term future is far from certain but he's certainly a solid player that Liverpool can rely on when fit.


In July 2006, Fabio Aurelio arrived at Liverpool following six years in Spain with Valencia. He joined the club on a free transfer following the expiration of his contract at the Spanish club.

He made his debut for Liverpool in the Community Shield victory against Chelsea and played an important role in the team during the 2006/07 campaign but injuries soon started to take their toll on the left-back. The full-back injured his achilles tendon on 3 April 2007 while playing against PSV. The Brazilian was out of action until September of the following season.

One of his best moments during his time at Liverpool came on 14 March 2009 when he scored Liverpool's third goal in a 4-1 victory at Old Trafford, a sweetly struck free-kick which left Edwin van der Sar flat-footed.

Aurelio managed to establish himself as the club's first choice left-back but injury struck again when he tore his adductor muscle following a challenge by Chelsea's Joe Cole in the Champions League.

While recovering in the summer of 2009 he suffered a freak injury playing beach football with his children, this kept him out for the first month of the 2009/10 campaign. Aurelio was set to leave the club in the summer of 2010 but after Kenny Dalglish replaced Rafa Benitez as manager he signed a new two-year contract with the club.

The unlucky defender picked up another achilles injury during the 2010/11 season before suffering a hamstring injury playing against Arsenal on 17 April 2011. In May 2012 Dalglish announced that Aurelio would not be given a new contract and he left for Brazilian club Gremio at the end of the 2010/11 season. He retired from football on 4 April 2014 after further injuries.

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