Roberto Firmino Barbosa de Oliveira is now a household name in the ever-growing world of football after, completing a £29 million switch to the Reds last summer. Ian Arye’s travel to Santiago, the beautiful Chilean city, to meet the prolific marksman for the completion of this deal hasn’t proved futile after an assessment of his first season at Anfield.
Firmino featured in the starting eleven of just three matches out of his six appearances under ex manager Brendan Rodgers where he played just one match in his natural role behind the forward, being a quarter of the 1st half against Stoke on the opening day of the league. In the post-Rodgers era however, he has drastically improved featuring more in his favorite position. Firmino had a makeshift role in the course of the season when the trusted centre forwards of the red army were out on injuries making him Klopp’s number 9 for the interim.
Roberto Firmino managed an impressive 11 goals and 11 assist in 49 appearances for Liverpool in the 2015-2016 season after failing to score or assist in any of his outings for the Reds under Brendan. His most impressive performances include the scintillating performance against Arsenal at Anfield and the remarkable output against Manchester City and Norwich away.
Roberto Firmino, has justified his £29 million price tag without doubt but there certainly is more room for improvement. His short injury spell at the midpoint of the season took a little toll on him. At certain points, the Reds believed the skillful Brazilian could do more than he displayed on the pitch. Firmino is certainly growing into one of Europe’s most elite players and much is expected from him at Anfield. With his mesmerizing level of skill and lovely touches on the ball, an increment of his output in the form of more goals, assists and chance creation must be marshalled by the 24-year old promising Brazilian.
We need more from you Firmino.
Written by Adam Yidana (@1realdeezyblud)