Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino is set to leave Anfield when his contract expires this summer, which is being presented as a chance for Arsenal, Chelsea, and Tottenham to sign him.
Firmino’s ability to press from the front and link play in a false nine role could prove to be a crucial asset for any team and some outlets are reporting that Arsenal, with their strong Brazilian core, could benefit from Firmino’s experience in winning major honours and playing in the Premier League.
Chelsea, struggling in attack this season, could use Firmino’s ability to link the forward line with the rest of the team, although where they would fit him in their squad is anyone’s guess.
Meanwhile, Tottenham, who may face a battle to keep hold of Harry Kane, could use Firmino as a brilliant short-term replacement.
So the report goes.
Firmino, now 31, currently earns around £180kpw which would make him one of the highest earners at the club. to compare, Bukayo Saka’s new deal is said to be worth around £200kpw.
Firmino started his career with Figueirense in Brazil before moving to Germany to play for Hoffenheim in 2011.
In 2015, Liverpool signed Firmino for a transfer fee of around £29 million.
Since joining the club, he established himself as a key player and an integral part of Liverpool’s success. He has won several major titles with the club, including the Premier League, Champions League, Club World Cup, and UEFA Super Cup.
Firmino is known for his versatility, as he can play as a centre forward, a second striker, or in a deeper attacking role.
He is also praised for his work rate and pressing from the front, which is a vital aspect of Liverpool’s playing style. Firmino is a skillful player, with good dribbling ability, and can also link play well, making him an ideal player to play as a false nine.
On the international level, Firmino has represented Brazil since 2014, earning over 50 caps and scoring 17 goals. He has featured in major tournaments like the Copa America and the FIFA World Cup.
Firmino is highly regarded as one of the best Brazilian footballers of his generation and is widely respected in the footballing community for his talent and work ethic.
This season, Firmino has played 26 times for Liverpool, averaging around 56 minutes per game. Although he has been in the Liverpool Premier League matchday squad 17 times, he has started just 11 games this season at the time of writing.
He still has managed to score nine and assist four. With seven goals and three assists in the league in 17 games (996 minutes), Firmino is still averaging a goal or assist every 99 minutes, which isn’t bad considering how far down the order he has fallen at Anfield.
Roberto Firmino vs Arsenal
Roberto Firmino has played 544 times as a professional and has scored more goals against Arsenal than any other side.
Having faced the Gunners 17 times, Firmino has scored 10 and assisted three (while also picking up three yellow cards).
14 of those games were in the Premier League and they account for all of his goals and assists, with eight wins and four draws.
Even though Arsenal managed to emerge victorious in their latest encounter with Liverpool, and Firmino started that game on the bench, he still managed to find the back of the net in their 3-2 defeat.
Next highest on his list is the eight he scored against Watford in 11 games.
In total, Firmino has scored 107 goals, with 78 assists, in 353 games for Liverpool.