Liverpool Players At The Forefront of Brazilian Success

Liverpool Players At The Forefront of Brazilian Success

Brazil sailed through to the Copa America final with a 2-0 victory over their eternal rivals, Argentina, on Tuesday night, thanks in no small part to Liverpool players. It is a testament to Liverpool’s growth in recent years that they have players playing in key roles for a footballing powerhouse like Brazil. Goals from Manchester’s City’s Gabriel Jesus and Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino further extended Lionel Messi’s wait for international silverware with Argentina. The diminutive Barcelona number ten tried his hardest …
Integrating Fabinho and the Need for Patience

Integrating Fabinho and the Need for Patience

Patience isn’t a word that gets heeded much in the modern era of football. Instant gratification has been normalised and expected, and signings are often cast aside as “flops” in as short a space as six months. And that’s fine because some signings don’t work. But, if one casts their mind back to the final season of Brendan Rodgers’ tenure, you’ll notice that Liverpool’s current number nine was far from the maniacal presser and vital fulcrum that he would become …
Faux Forwards and False Expectations

Faux Forwards and False Expectations

Aside from the strange machinations of Adenor Leonardo Bacchi, otherwise known as Tite, we are all generally aware of the value of Roberto Firmino at this point. Brazil was boring with Jesus, boisterous with Bobby, and ultimately the exclusion of the Reds' frontman would prove to be their undoing. Back on Merseyside, Bobby Firmino has been lauded for his incredible all-around game in the middle of Liverpool's attack. He finishes his campaign with 30 goals and 14 assists in all …
Liverpool and the World Cup - Pros and Cons

Liverpool and the World Cup - Pros and Cons

The World Cup is one of the biggest tournaments in the sporting calendar. It’s the most popular sporting event in the world and is watched by hundreds of millions, if not billions worldwide. For many football fans, it’s the pinnacle of the sport and the pinnacle of sport in general. But for a lot of football fans, it’s not that. Many fans of club football have different priorities, especially in England where the national team are less fondly regarded and …
Roberto Firmino Unfazed by Gabriel Jesus Rivalry for Brazil Starting Spot

Roberto Firmino Unfazed by Gabriel Jesus Rivalry for Brazil Starting Spot

The Brazilian footballer Roberto Firmino has said that he has no issues on being used as a backup for his fellow teammate Gabriel Jesus when Brazil start up with their FIFA World Cup journey from 17 June. All the rivalry revolves around the fact that both Roberto Firmino and Gabriel Jesus are the two centre-forward options in the Brazilian World Cup squad. Since only one of them can start the game, it has become a tough decision for the team …
Is Momentum Building Again Under Klopp?

Is Momentum Building Again Under Klopp?

International breaks are a bit of a curate's egg. Now, that is supposed to mean that there are both good and bad aspects to them and yet the origin of the expression yields a meaning far closer to this columnist's opinion of the all-too-frequent Premier League interruptions. Apparently, the turn of phrase comes from an 1895 Punch cartoon which depicted a meek and sycophantic curate, who, despite being given a stale egg at the bishop's dining table, obsequiously assured his …
Firmino Pledges Allegiance

Firmino Pledges Allegiance

I have a theory that you can identify what kind of a Liverpool fan you are and, by extrapolation, what kind of human you are, based on your current attitude to Roberto Firmino. You see, some people are judgers. It's what they do. (I'm not judging them for it) They feel possessed of some moral authority, I imagine, which allows them to pontificate with impunity. Fair play, I guess. I'm not wired that way myself, but yes, have at it. …
Liverpool's General from Grêmio - Lucas Leiva

Liverpool's General from Grêmio - Lucas Leiva

Arriving at Liverpool Football Club in 2007 on the back of an award winning season at Brazilian side Grêmio, the box-to-box midfielder whose forward runs were as footloose as his shoulder-length hair, was signed by Rafa Bentiez to compliment an already impressive midfield contingent. Lucas Leiva was the second Brazilian to play for Liverpool, after Fabio Aurelio, and became the first player from the country to score for the club with this goal against Havant and Waterlooville in the fourth …
Wing-Back to The Future - Liverpool's Lateral Thinking

Wing-Back to The Future - Liverpool's Lateral Thinking

MISSING: Liverpool FC full-backs. Last seen: playing FIFA or table tennis on Instagram. Posing next to a BMW on Twitter. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yc1Kqo124ec Contact Glen Johnson c/o Liverpool FC. José Enrique and Glen Johnson were the starting full-backs in Liverpool’s final Champions League game at home to FC Basel. Since then the traditional full-back position has been disregarded, and the club’s 2s and 3s have had to find other activities to occupy their time. Liverpool starting line-up v FC Basel - 09/12/2014 …
Roberto Firmino - The Bundesliga's Brazilian Star | AI's Xmas Wish List

Roberto Firmino - The Bundesliga's Brazilian Star | AI's Xmas Wish List

Hoffenheim’s Brazilian attacker Roberto Firmino was spared the embarrassment of his country’s World Cup nightmare, as Luiz Felipe Scolari chose to ignore the then 22-year-old’s impressive form for his club. As a result he’s remained relatively under the radar, but not for much longer. Scolari’s successor, Dunga, had no hesitation in calling up the young Brazilian upstarts who've lit up leagues across Europe in recent seasons, and Firmino made his debut for Nike’s yellow marketing machine in their friendly against …
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