Firmino : Me and Coutinho want to replicate Ronaldo and Ronaldinho

Snehanjan Banerjee / 24 August 2015

Liverpool new summer signing Roberto Firmino made a late entry to Brazil national team and his presence has been constant since then.

Firmino made his name in Bundesliga with Hoffenheim where he scored and assisted in regular basis ahich helped him get a place at the Selecao national squad and Liverpool have signed him £29 million this summer to reinforce their squad.

Firmino believes he and his club and national teammate Philippe Coutinho can make an impact on weekly basis for Liverpool and for the national team and they are willing to fill the void in the national team left by legendary Ronaldo and Ronaldinho.

Although, Coutinho has been excluded from Brazil’s latest team by Dunga, he has became a key player for Liverpool since coming to Anfield from Inter Milan and holds a key place for Brazil team in future.

The 23-year-old has 10 caps for the Selecao, most recently playing a key role in the squad’s run to the quarter-finals of the Copa America alongside Coutinho.

“It would be hard for anyone to be as good as Ronaldinho or Ronaldo but me and Philippe are going to do our best to get close to them and be the best players we can be for Brazil,” he told reporters.


“It was ugly what happened in the World Cup semi-final against Germany but there are new players in Brazil to turn things around and who can show that Brazil still has lots of talent to be successful.”

He added: “I knew about Liverpool’s interest before the tournament,” Firmino says. “And I instantly thought it would be an interesting idea for me because I knew Lucas and Coutinho were playing here.”

“I had the chance to play alongside Philippe for the national team so I spoke to him about Liverpool and I knew it would be a great opportunity. He said it’s a great club with a great squad and a great team spirit.”

Firmino has had to settle for two appearances off the bench as Liverpool began their Premier League season with two 1-0 wins, but hopes to start when the squad travel to Arsenal on Monday.

“That is my aim but there’s a healthy competition in the squad right now and the manager knows who should be starting games,” he said.

“All I can do is keep on working so I will be ready when I am given the chance to start”

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