Liverpool is becoming a second home for Brazil’s best
There wouldn't be too many more foreign cities to live in for a Brazilian in Liverpool and in some instances it would be like arriving on a different planet after touching down at John Lennon Airport. Very seldomly is the weather warm and training will invariably be interrupted by a downpour at some stage. Learning English would be hard enough for the Brazilian players and once they do the hard work only starts as next on the list of communication skills to master is deciphering the Scouse accent.
That hasn’t stopped the Samba boy’s from thriving in Liverpool and currently the Reds have two of the best in their ranks in Firmino and Alisson. It’s early days still for Alisson and despite an avoidable error at Leicester, the Brazilian shot-stopper had made a big impact at the club and looks far more assured between the sticks than Loris Karius ever did.
Roberto Firmino is now undoubtedly one of the best false 9’s in not only the Premier League but the world. The Anfield faithful have fallen head over heels for their Brazilian superstar and it doesn’t look like a relationship that will fizzle out anytime soon. It’s easy to see why Firmino is so adored in Liverpool after scoring 53 goals in 152 games but more impressively assisting 41 times.
Firmino’s selfless attitude when in front of goal makes him a rare find and also the reason Liverpool are so fluid going forward. You can’t ever accuse the Brazilian of squandering a chance as he always has his eyes open for players in a better position to score before deciding to pull the trigger himself. The soon to be 27-year old has a maturity beyond his years and is one of Klopp's most valuable assets. There’s also a healthy streak of ruthlessness to his play as his late winning strike against PSG showed.
The Champions League has been a particularly good hunting ground for Firmino and with the help of his 10 goals last season, Liverpool came within a whisker of winning the Champions League. At 7/1 to win it this season Firmino’s Liverpool are one of the popular Champions League bets at William Hill and the Brazilian will believe they can go one better this time around.
Alisson and Firmino are currently following in the footsteps of other top Brazilian players to have plied their trade in Liverpool. Philippe Coutinho and Lucas Leiva were favourites of the Kop and left their mark at Anfield after enjoying a few wonderful years with the Reds.
There may be 5,500 miles that separate Liverpool from Brazil but it seems at times that the likes of Firmino, Coutinho, and Leiva were born in the red half of Merseyside. It has been 28 years since Liverpool last won the league and it’s fair to say the city crave it more than any other trophy at this moment in time. Could Alisson and Firmino be the Samba boys to inspire Liverpool to an emotional return to the summit of English football? Something says they may well just be.