Whether Liverpool like it or not, Philippe Coutinho could well be on his way to La Liga. But do not despair, as there are still plenty of top class Brazilians in the Premier League.
5) Fernandinho – Manchester City
The Manchester City midfielder has been one of the club’s most important figures in the last few seasons, but at 32, any upcoming drop in form could lead into immediate action from Pep Guardiola. If the Brazilian wants to maintain his spot, he will have to work harder on keeping his physical shape. However, Fernandinho remains a versatile player, capable of doing a job in midfield, or even as fullback.
4) Willian – Chelsea
Willian has experienced a hard time in convincing new Chelsea manager Antonio Conte of keeping him in the starting lineup, and seems to have lost the race to Spain international Pedro. But in his defense, the Brazilian has proven to be a reliable option, whenever coming on from the bench last season. With his burst of pace, high work-rate and flair on the ball, Willian is a very precious utility player to have in the squad, and could well be fighting to book himself a place to the FIFA World Cup, in Russia.
3) Ederson – Manchester City
Goalkeepers are rarely given the credit they deserve, but Brazil has been searching for Julio César’s heir for years now, and it appears that Pep Guardiola’s new goalie is up for the challenge. With his quick reflexes and superb handling of the ball, Ederson is the perfect prospect that the Spanish tactician was looking to develop. Under the guidance of Guardiola, Ederson can reach greatness and improve himself, not just as a goalkeeper, but also as a footballer.
2) Roberto Firmino – Liverpool
Firmino would no-doubt feel devastated if Philippe Coutinho was to be taken out of Liverpool’s starting lineup, but the versatile attacker will still work hard and try to show his best football. Firmino is finally set to operate as the Reds’ central forward over the course of a whole season, after the club was able to secure the services of another natural winger, in Mohamed Salah. With the freedom to play in his favorite position and German coach Jurgen Klopp seemingly making him Liverpool’s first penalty-taker, the number nine will be looking to add a couple of goals to his game.
1) Gabriel Jesus – Manchester City
The rising striker impressed everyone in his first months with Manchester City, despite having arrived in January. After undergoing a full pre-season, it seems that the 20-year-old is now ready to show his best football, and to continue his Manchester City adventure right from where he left, in the previous campaign. Quick, smart, hard-working and with an eye for goal, we can expect Gabriel Jesus to find the back of the net on more than one occasion, this season.