After a hectic start in the summer window Liverpool FC had sent a delegation to chile with Ian Ayre, the club’s chief executive to finalize the deal with Brazilian midfielder Firmino. It is reported the deal is worth of £29m.
Top 6 Unknown Facts about Roberto Firmino
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#6 Contract and Salary in Liverpool
The Brazilian is just 23 years old and has signed the contract for 5 year and his weekly wage will be 100,000 pound. Firmino is the second highest signing by the Anfield.
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#5 Fig Tree
Firmino started his career humbly in brazillian 2nd division club Figueirense – nicknamed the Fig Tree. So he is not that much well known at that time even in Brazil. Though his performance was upto the mark. He made his debut just turning 18. He made 38 appearances and scored 8 goals for the Brazilian side.
#4 Scout Report
In December of 2010 the German club of Hoffenheim’s officials went on a scouting mission for Firmino of a second division Brazilian league. The official didn’t expect much although the reports are promising. But after watching him the official quoted,
“It was strange because during some exercises he would just, without any apparent reason, just fold … but instead of making a big meal out of it and getting angry, he listened carefully to his coach and learned from what he had done wrong. That impressed me.”
This was enough to convince the official of the German side to sign Firmino.
Firmino signed a 5 year contract with the German side upto June, 2015. A Hoffenheim insider said on the signing that
“We got him from a smaller club in Brazil and he was obviously a big talent but he was not that well known.”
#3 Making Mark For Hoffenheim and Brazil
After some initial struggle in a foreign country very strange from his motherland it was temperament and attitude that he adapted well and gave an outstanding performance. In last season Firmino made 36 appearances and scored 10 goals with 12 assists. His team captain Andreas Beck praised Firmino’s growth as “outstanding”.
Firmino’s performance caught the eye of Dunga and he takes the young lad in the yellow colors. He made his debut for the national team in the friendly against Turkey. Six days later he scored his 1st international goal for Brazil against Austria in a 2-1 victory. In may , 2015 he is called up for the national team for Copa America 2015.
#2 Career so far
In 9 matches for Brazil he scored 4 goals so far. One of them is decider against Venezuela in the progression of Brazil to the next round of Copa America.
#1 Last Season Facts
In his last season in Bundesliga Firmino has scored seven goals in 33 matches, provided 10 assists and created 69 chances. He has completed 939 passes and 87% were forward passes, Firmino’s passing accuracy was 72%. He also rated the 3rd most productive player in the Bundesliga and in terms of number of dribbling, he is in the 3rd position in European circuit, only after Messi and Hazard.
Manchester United was also interested in Firmino, but Liverpool won the race and signed him. Interest from big guns of English Premier league clearly suggests his talent and potential. He enjoyed fantastic season with Hoffenheim, but things in EPL will be very much different. Here the competition will be tougher and pressure will be much higher. He needs to settle with the new team and league as soon as possible and needs to deliver his goods. He is the player Liverpool needs if they get rid off Sterling. Is he the perfect signing for Liverpool? Only time has the answer.
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