Is Roberto Firmino world class?

Is Roberto Firmino world class?

Very few players in world football have positions named after them. Only a handful do and they're usually individuals who transformed that role. Andrea Pirlo wasn't the first playmaker to be deployed in the defensive midfield role but he certainly enjoyed the most success there and that quarterback position was soon christened the Pirlo role. Philipp Lahm probably wasn't the first inverted full-back but he was the most memorable. Without him, it's unlikely we ever get to see Trent Alexander-Arnold …
Liverpool Need to Take Advantage of World Cup Hangovers

Liverpool Need to Take Advantage of World Cup Hangovers

The Premier League season starts in just a few days. And the spectre of the World Cup still hangs over the Premier League’s top six. This was a World Cup in which the Premier League’s top teams all had plenty of players not just participating but going the distance – and certain teams will benefit from that. Liverpool need to be one of the beneficiaries. It’s expected that Roberto Firmino and his Brazilian teammate Alisson Becker will start against West …
A Long and Red-Empty Summer

A Long and Red-Empty Summer

It’s only been four weeks since Liverpool lost the Champions League final, and yet I miss football. I miss Mo Salah and Sadio Mané and Bobby Firmino all playing together and not trudging through games for their international sides. I miss big Virgil bossing the defence. I miss the Scottish Roberto Carlos. I miss Liverpool. At first, you almost feel relieved. A weekend off. A chance to breathe. A few weeks of being able to plan your social life – …
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 …
Dejan Lovren Silences Critics on Memorable Night in Manchester

Dejan Lovren Silences Critics on Memorable Night in Manchester

For someone who has worked his way to the top of his profession, Dejan Lovren doesn’t half receive endless abuse. He is an international footballer who plays for Liverpool, which in my eyes, makes you fairly decent at what you do for a living. I am fully aware that it's all relative, and that he should not be treated like a mere mortal who plays a bit of seven-a-side now and again, but the flack he receives is still ludicrously …
Klopp, Liverpool, and How Emotion Conquered Perfection

Klopp, Liverpool, and How Emotion Conquered Perfection

Ah, the word “passion.” Somewhat overused in the day and age of exposition, Liverpool Football Club has something of a connection to the idea of pure, unadulterated passion in the vast landscape that is football. Everything is magnified tenfold, because of its relation to everything else in the football sphere. So, when people marry the word “passion” with Liverpool; the fabled atmosphere, the manager, what are they actually saying? What use is passion, really, in a game so dominated by …
Liverpool and that Semi-final feeling again

Liverpool and that Semi-final feeling again

When I watched Ryan Babel sprint past a tired Cesc Fabregas to finish off an incredible Champions League night, little did I know it was going to take me that long to experience that feeling again. That feeling! That feeling of being in the semi-final of the UEFA Champions League. That feeling is back again, thanks to a bunch of heroes led by Jurgen Klopp. That feeling is just made all the more special by the happenings of the last ten …
Manchester City 1-2 Liverpool: Reds reach Champions League Semi-final

Manchester City 1-2 Liverpool: Reds reach Champions League Semi-final

Starting XIs: Manchester City: Ederson, Kyle Walker, Nicolas Otamendi, Aymeric Laporte, Fernandinho, David Silva, Kevin de Bruyne, Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sane, Bernardo Silva, Gabriel Jesus Liverpool: Loris Karius, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dejan Lovren, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson, Georginio Wijnaldum, James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino ALLEZ! ALLEZ! ALLEZ! CHAMPIONS LEAGUE SEMIFINAL NIGHT IS COMING TO ANFIELD! Second-half goals from Mo Salah and Bobby Firmino gave Liverpool a 2-1 victory in the second leg and a 5-1 …
Key Stats from Liverpool 3-0 City - What a Night!

Key Stats from Liverpool 3-0 City - What a Night!

Liverpool pulled off one of their best results in years with a phenomenal 3-0 win over soon to be Premier League Champions Man City. But what were the key stats from an incredible night? Defensive Solidity When We Need It Most We’ll come to the attacking side of Liverpool’s game in a moment, but their stoic, impenetrable defence may not have won them the game, but it’s probably won them the tie. Man City were restricted to eleven shots, six …
Rampant Reds seal 3-0 first leg win at a raucous Anfield

Rampant Reds seal 3-0 first leg win at a raucous Anfield

Starting XIs: Liverpool: Loris Karius, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dejan Lovren, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson, Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino Manchester City: Ederson Moraes, Kyle Walker, Nicolas Otamendi, Vincent Kompany, Aymeric Laporte, Fernandinho, Ilkay Gundogan, David Silva, Kevin de Bruyne, Leroy Sane, Gabriel Jesus Champions League quarterfinal nights were back at Anfield, and it started on a rather sombre note for the Reds as a bunch of nincompoops decided that throwing a few projectiles …
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