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Firmino celebrates scoring against Man Utd.

Roberto Firmino

Roberto Firmino

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Liverpool add some Brazilian magic!

Firmino blows a kiss to the crowd.After a slow start to his Liverpool career, the Brazilian forward, Roberto Firmino (or just Firmino for short), has been involved in more goals than any other Premier League player in 2016. Firmino scored his most recent goal in the big Europa League match against Manchester Utd. After some good play by Adam Lallana, Firmino hit a shot from close range that beat David de Gea, the Manchester Utd goalkeeper, to give Liverpool a 2-0 win in the first leg. With the Brazilian pair, Coutinho and Firmino, on the pitch, Liverpool look like they will finish the season strongly and have a chance of reaching next season's Champions League, either by finishing fourth or winning the Europa League.    

"Firmino can play and score goals and he is a good option. He is flexible and in brilliant shape." Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool manager..

Who has been involved in most goals?

Firmino scores against Manchester City.Firmino's goal against Manchester Utd was the first time he has scored in three consecutive matches in English football. In his previous two matches, the Brazilian scored against Crystal Palace and Manchester City. However, it's not only goals that Firmino provides, it's also assists. Firmino has more 'goal involvements' than any other player in this calendar year (2016). Goal involvements are goals and assists combined, or the total goals a player has scored or set up. 

  Club Goals Assists Goal Involvements
Roberto Firmino Liverpool 8 4 12
Diego Costa Chelsea 7 4 11
Sergio Aguero Manchester City 9 1 10

 

The table above gives us an indication of the players that are in form at the moment, the stats also include cup football, in addition to the Premier League. If we only look at the Premier League and we look over the entire season so far, we get some very different results:

  Club Goals Assists Goal Involvements
Jamie Vardy Leicester City 19 9 28
Riyad Mahrez Leicester City 15 12 27
Romelu Lukaku Everton 18 6 24

Who is Roberto Firmino?

Firmino with Jurgen Klopp.Roberto Firmino Barbosa de Oliveira was born in October 1991, in Maceio, which is a city of about a million people on the east coast of Brazil. He was discovered by a local dentist, Marcellus Portella, who later became Firmino's agent. He went on trial at Brazilian club, Figuerirense, and won his first contract after scoring two overhead kicks within the first hour of the trial. After two seasons with the Brazilian club and helping them get promoted back to the first division, Firmino moved to Germany to play for Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga. He spent five seasons in Germany and in 2013/14 won the Bundesliga's 'Breakthrough Player Award', which is given to the best young player in the League. He also made his debut for the Brazilian team in 2014 and currently has 14 caps, scoring 4 goals. In June 2015, Liverpool signed Firmino for £29 million. The first half of the season was quite slow for Firmino, as he adjusted to the speed of the Premier League, but since Jurgen Klopp's arrival as manager, we are starting to see what a great player Firmino is. 

"Jurgen Klopp is one of the best managers, if not the best, I have worked with. We're very happy with him since he arrived."  Roberto Firmino.

 

Firmino celebrates a goal with his Liverpool teammates.

Did you know......?

  • It took Firmino a while to get going. He only scored one goal for Liverpool in 2015 but he already has 8 in 2016! 
  • Firmino says that his favourite position is as a striker, but he usually plays behind the strikers.
  • Firmino comes from the city of Maceio, birthplace of three-time World Cup winner Mario Zagallo, who won the World Cup twice as a player and once as a manager.
  • Firmino's first goal in England was for Brazil against Chile at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium.
  • Ronaldinho isa big fan of Firmino's. He says that he is as good as Mesut Ozil and Andres Iniesta!.
Firmino has more goals and assists in 2016 than anyone in the Premier League.

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What do you think?

Roberto Firmino has is in great form at the moment but it took him some time to get used to the Premier League.

Can Firmino help Liverpool reach the Champions League this season?

Is a player that gets assists and goals a better player than someone who just scores goals? 

What is more difficult for a player to get used to? The style of play in the Premier League or life in England?

If you moved to England, what would you find difficult?

 

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elghoul's picture
elghoul
17/03/2016
DZ
1409
points

I don't see Liverpool reaching the Champions League this season.
A player who gets involvements is better player than someone who just scores goals. He would not be selfish.
A different life is always more difficult for a player to get used to.
In first sight I would find difficult to speak fluently and drive cars at left side.


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elghoul
17/03/2016 15:47
Algeria
Arsenal
1409

I don't see Liverpool reaching the Champions League this season.
A player who gets involvements is better player than someone who just scores goals. He would not be selfish.
A different life is always more difficult for a player to get used to.
In first sight I would find difficult to speak fluently and drive cars at left side.

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HakanUslu1881
17/03/2016
TR
1750
points

I think he can do.


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HakanUslu1881
17/03/2016 16:18
Turkey
Leicester City
1750

I think he can do.

HakanUslu1881's picture
HakanUslu1881
17/03/2016
TR
1750
points

Yes,in my opinion,a player that gets assists and goals is a better than someone who just scores goals because it is needed a big talent even in the Premier League is very difficult to get assists and goals.


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HakanUslu1881
17/03/2016 16:21
Turkey
Leicester City
1750

Yes,in my opinion,a player that gets assists and goals is a better than someone who just scores goals because it is needed a big talent even in the Premier League is very difficult to get assists and goals.

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HakanUslu1881
17/03/2016
TR
1750
points

I believe to get used to the style of play in the Premier League is more harder that to get used to life in England.


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HakanUslu1881
17/03/2016 16:22
Turkey
Leicester City
1750

I believe to get used to the style of play in the Premier League is more harder that to get used to life in England.

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HakanUslu1881
17/03/2016
TR
1750
points

If I moved to England,I would find difficult the weather of England because I don't like cold weather and the place where I live is very hot.


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HakanUslu1881
17/03/2016 16:24
Turkey
Leicester City
1750

If I moved to England,I would find difficult the weather of England because I don't like cold weather and the place where I live is very hot.

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aragorn1986
17/03/2016
ME
6882
points

I think it's too late for L'pool to reach the CL this season. The gap is really big this time.


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aragorn1986
17/03/2016 17:56
Montenegro
Arsenal
6882

I think it's too late for L'pool to reach the CL this season. The gap is really big this time.

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aragorn1986
17/03/2016
ME
6882
points

The player that gets assists and goals is more complete player, more useful for the whole team and it is more difficult to keep an eye on him since you don't know if he's going to make an assist or run towards an opponents goal.


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aragorn1986
17/03/2016 17:59
Montenegro
Arsenal
6882

The player that gets assists and goals is more complete player, more useful for the whole team and it is more difficult to keep an eye on him since you don't know if he's going to make an assist or run towards an opponents goal.

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aragorn1986
17/03/2016
ME
6882
points

It depends. Players from Spain for example might face some difficulties since they are not used to hard tackles and injuries but there are many exceptions also. Sanchez is one of them. If I moved to England I would find difficult to adapt on fast changing weather conditions. I don't like rainy weather at all. But I would certainly enjoy in the english culture and tradition.


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aragorn1986
17/03/2016 18:05
Montenegro
Arsenal
6882

It depends. Players from Spain for example might face some difficulties since they are not used to hard tackles and injuries but there are many exceptions also. Sanchez is one of them. If I moved to England I would find difficult to adapt on fast changing weather conditions. I don't like rainy weather at all. But I would certainly enjoy in the english culture and tradition.

Hassan_raja447
20/03/2016
PK
837
points

I think Firmino's form is in great form and he with his teammates will certainly help Livepool to win Europa cup.
A new player in a new country, club, and completely different league is wise to struggle. Premier League is the toughest league in the world.


Hassan_raja447
20/03/2016 11:00
Pakistan
Liverpool
837

I think Firmino's form is in great form and he with his teammates will certainly help Livepool to win Europa cup.
A new player in a new country, club, and completely different league is wise to struggle. Premier League is the toughest league in the world.

SalvaGH
20/03/2016
ES
841
points

I haven't seen much Liverpool matches this season, but I saw a few plays in which Firmino was involved and I think he can be a key player and form a great duo alongside his countryman Coutinho which I really believe that is one of the best players in the Premier League.


SalvaGH
20/03/2016 18:25
Spain
Manchester City
841

I haven't seen much Liverpool matches this season, but I saw a few plays in which Firmino was involved and I think he can be a key player and form a great duo alongside his countryman Coutinho which I really believe that is one of the best players in the Premier League.

SalvaGH
20/03/2016
ES
841
points

I think that become used to a new life in a new country is usually a difficult thing to do. Plus, I think that there are some player that adapt better than others, so it's not only about being a great player but also knowing how to adapt to the environment that surrounds you in order to perform better.


SalvaGH
20/03/2016 18:29
Spain
Manchester City
841

I think that become used to a new life in a new country is usually a difficult thing to do. Plus, I think that there are some player that adapt better than others, so it's not only about being a great player but also knowing how to adapt to the environment that surrounds you in order to perform better.

SalvaGH
20/03/2016
ES
841
points

I don't think Liverpool will reach the Champions League spots this season, they are quite far away in terms of points to be able to reach them. However, they could win the Europa League (it's going to be a very hard title to achieve because they have been matched with Borussia Dortmund in the quarter finals which is a great team and one of the favourites) and by doing that, they would get a place on the next year's Champions League.


SalvaGH
20/03/2016 18:36
Spain
Manchester City
841

I don't think Liverpool will reach the Champions League spots this season, they are quite far away in terms of points to be able to reach them. However, they could win the Europa League (it's going to be a very hard title to achieve because they have been matched with Borussia Dortmund in the quarter finals which is a great team and one of the favourites) and by doing that, they would get a place on the next year's Champions League.

SalvaGH
20/03/2016
ES
841
points

I also think that the style of play is complicated for some players because for example, the Premier League is very competitive and has a really fast pace in their games and that is not suitable for some players. So, that is also an important thing to have into account when going to play in another country which has a different style of play.


SalvaGH
20/03/2016 18:43
Spain
Manchester City
841

I also think that the style of play is complicated for some players because for example, the Premier League is very competitive and has a really fast pace in their games and that is not suitable for some players. So, that is also an important thing to have into account when going to play in another country which has a different style of play.

SalvaGH
20/03/2016
ES
841
points

I think that it's really important to contribute in a goal, either by scoring it or by assisting it. There are some times when we only value the scorer and almost all the praises go to that player but I really believe that we have to bear in mind who produced the play before the ball reaches the scorer because one player can't do it all and football is a team game. So, in my opinion both things are important in football these days.


SalvaGH
20/03/2016 18:49
Spain
Manchester City
841

I think that it's really important to contribute in a goal, either by scoring it or by assisting it. There are some times when we only value the scorer and almost all the praises go to that player but I really believe that we have to bear in mind who produced the play before the ball reaches the scorer because one player can't do it all and football is a team game. So, in my opinion both things are important in football these days.

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kwesimanifest
21/03/2016
GH
3735
points

its difficult for most people to adapt to the fast pace football in the epl.


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kwesimanifest
21/03/2016 11:05
Ghana
Manchester United
3735

its difficult for most people to adapt to the fast pace football in the epl.

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kwesimanifest
21/03/2016
GH
3735
points

its obvious liverpool are not making it to the champions league next season. Europa looks a more likely option for liverpool


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kwesimanifest
21/03/2016 11:10
Ghana
Manchester United
3735

its obvious liverpool are not making it to the champions league next season. Europa looks a more likely option for liverpool

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aragorn1986
22/03/2016
ME
6882
points

Sad but true. CL is just not the same without Reds. Maybe they can win Europa league and enter the CL with that achievement. If I understood well, from the next season winner goes directly to play with the best.


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aragorn1986
22/03/2016 00:12
Montenegro
Arsenal
6882

Sad but true. CL is just not the same without Reds. Maybe they can win Europa league and enter the CL with that achievement. If I understood well, from the next season winner goes directly to play with the best.

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kwesimanifest
21/03/2016
GH
3735
points

its obvious liverpool are not making it to the champions league next season. Europa looks a more likely option for liverpool


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kwesimanifest
21/03/2016 11:10
Ghana
Manchester United
3735

its obvious liverpool are not making it to the champions league next season. Europa looks a more likely option for liverpool

nikosonris
24/03/2016
UA
2453
points

Just like many other community members, I don't think Liverpool can reach the CL this season. Maybe next year...but it's gonna be a different story.


nikosonris
24/03/2016 09:00
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

Just like many other community members, I don't think Liverpool can reach the CL this season. Maybe next year...but it's gonna be a different story.

assemjuve
26/03/2016
PS
3433
points

Yes he can do with his teammates,but i think they will reach it by winning the erupe League.


assemjuve
26/03/2016 15:45
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3433

Yes he can do with his teammates,but i think they will reach it by winning the erupe League.

assemjuve
26/03/2016
PS
3433
points

Yes he is because he helps his team and himself to promote.


assemjuve
26/03/2016 15:46
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3433

Yes he is because he helps his team and himself to promote.

assemjuve
26/03/2016
PS
3433
points

I would find that the life is difficult.


assemjuve
26/03/2016 15:48
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3433

I would find that the life is difficult.

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amaral
27/03/2016
AL
1915
points

I dont think Liverpool will get in the UCL this season,due to their poor form,despite Firmino playing very well.


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amaral
27/03/2016 17:02
Albania
Newcastle United
1915

I dont think Liverpool will get in the UCL this season,due to their poor form,despite Firmino playing very well.

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amaral
27/03/2016
AL
1915
points

Absolutely,yes!A player that gets assists and goals,is a better player than him who just scores goals.It makes him an universal player.


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amaral
27/03/2016 17:04
Albania
Newcastle United
1915

Absolutely,yes!A player that gets assists and goals,is a better player than him who just scores goals.It makes him an universal player.

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amaral
27/03/2016
AL
1915
points

I think that the style of play in the EPL is more difficult.So many footballers in the past have experienced that.


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amaral
27/03/2016 17:09
Albania
Newcastle United
1915

I think that the style of play in the EPL is more difficult.So many footballers in the past have experienced that.

amaral's picture
amaral
27/03/2016
AL
1915
points

If I moved to England, I would find difficult the accent of English language and the understanding of spoken English.


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amaral
27/03/2016 17:11
Albania
Newcastle United
1915

If I moved to England, I would find difficult the accent of English language and the understanding of spoken English.

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kwesimanifest
01/06/2016
GH
3735
points

If I move to England in think I might find it difficult to understand some of the languages like the geordie


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kwesimanifest
01/06/2016 14:44
Ghana
Manchester United
3735

If I move to England in think I might find it difficult to understand some of the languages like the geordie

englishman
18/07/2016
DZ
1026
points

there is no difficulty in UK


englishman
18/07/2016 14:53
Algeria
Chelsea
1026

there is no difficulty in UK

englishman
18/07/2016
DZ
1026
points

may be the language


englishman
18/07/2016 14:55
Algeria
Chelsea
1026

may be the language

englishman
18/07/2016
DZ
1026
points

the good player ho make all good things


englishman
18/07/2016 14:56
Algeria
Chelsea
1026

the good player ho make all good things

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RafaelRC
01/04/2017
BR
4428
points

Correct me please!
In my opinion Firmino can help Liverpool reaches to Champions League with his scores and assistences. He may important to brazilian's team in Russia's World Cup, replace Gabriel Jesus during the match.
It is more dificult to get used to with the style of play in the PL, because the english's football school is more diferent than german. And the England looks like a good country for life.
If I moved to England the more dificult would be the conversation because I'm learning.


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RafaelRC
01/04/2017 02:15
Brazil
Leicester City
4428

Correct me please!
In my opinion Firmino can help Liverpool reaches to Champions League with his scores and assistences. He may important to brazilian's team in Russia's World Cup, replace Gabriel Jesus during the match.
It is more dificult to get used to with the style of play in the PL, because the english's football school is more diferent than german. And the England looks like a good country for life.
If I moved to England the more dificult would be the conversation because I'm learning.

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Rich
01/04/2017
ES
805
points

Hi RafaelRC

I agree that Firmino is useful for Liverpool and Brazil but I hope he becomes more consistent. I've made a few corrections to your message in red.

In my opinion Firmino can help Liverpool reaches to the Champions League with his scores goals and assistences assists. He may be important to brazilian's team in Russia's World Cup, he often replaces Gabriel Jesus during the match.
It is more
dificult to get used to with the style of play in the PL, because the english's football school is more diferent than german. And the England looks like a good country for life.
If I moved to England the more most 
dificult thing would be the conversation because I'm learning.

  1. 'Score' is used only as a verb. The noun we use is 'goals'. Firmino scores lots of goals!
  2. Remember when we are speaking about a different person to use the third person. You need to use an 's' on your verbs in the present.
  3. Your final conditional sentence is very good, you just need to change the comparative form 'more' to the superlative form 'the most'.

Hope that helps.

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


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Rich
01/04/2017 09:57
Spain
Liverpool
805

Hi RafaelRC

I agree that Firmino is useful for Liverpool and Brazil but I hope he becomes more consistent. I've made a few corrections to your message in red.

In my opinion Firmino can help Liverpool reaches to the Champions League with his scores goals and assistences assists. He may be important to brazilian's team in Russia's World Cup, he often replaces Gabriel Jesus during the match.
It is more
dificult to get used to with the style of play in the PL, because the english's football school is more diferent than german. And the England looks like a good country for life.
If I moved to England the more most 
dificult thing would be the conversation because I'm learning.

  1. 'Score' is used only as a verb. The noun we use is 'goals'. Firmino scores lots of goals!
  2. Remember when we are speaking about a different person to use the third person. You need to use an 's' on your verbs in the present.
  3. Your final conditional sentence is very good, you just need to change the comparative form 'more' to the superlative form 'the most'.

Hope that helps.

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

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RafaelRC
01/04/2017
BR
4428
points

Thank you very much!!!! This site is amazing!!!!


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RafaelRC
01/04/2017 11:27
Brazil
Leicester City
4428

Thank you very much!!!! This site is amazing!!!!

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Rich
03/04/2017
ES
805
points

Thanks RafaelRC! It's always nice to hear from people who enjoy the website and find it useful! If you have friends who like football and are learning English, we would be happy for you to tell tham about the Premier Skills English website!

Best wishes,

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


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Rich
03/04/2017 08:24
Spain
Liverpool
805

Thanks RafaelRC! It's always nice to hear from people who enjoy the website and find it useful! If you have friends who like football and are learning English, we would be happy for you to tell tham about the Premier Skills English website!

Best wishes,

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

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