Roberto Firmino has been the best player in the Premier League since the turn of the year scoring 7 goals and assisting another 4. This revelation of form has been a result of Jürgen Klopp moving the Brazilian from an attacking midfield role to play as a false 9. Firmino has more goal actions (goals and assists combined) than Sergio Agüero and Harry Kane.
Before the Crystal Palace game the list for those being called up to Brazil’s national team for the World Cup qualifiers was released and on it was Coutinho’s name, not Firmino’s. Brazil will take on Uruguay and Paraguay in the tail-end of March.
Many were surprised when Firmino was initially excluded considering his form but injury to Kaka means that there was an empty space in the squad. It was made even more perplexing when you take into consideration that Selecao boss , Dunga has quite an appreciation for the former Hoffenheim midfielder.
It took awhile for the intelligent and versatile Brazilian to adapt to the rigours of the English game but once he did his performance levels shot through the roof. It was difficult for him under Brendan Rodgers but his determination to succeed has made him a great story for other South Americans when transferring to England.
Firmino’s greatest strength is consistency and Dunga will hope that this will shine through to the end of March when Brazil take on Uruguay. Firmino will be delighted that they can play together for the national team. Hopefully it works out positively for both Brazil and Liverpool.
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Liverpool have a busy month and Firmino will be crucial in all that is done at Anfield and apparently he will be needed at international level too. If he manages to score or assist against either of Uruguay or Paraguay there will be very little argument that Firmino has had a successful season.