Despite a fantastic season for Liverpool, Roberto Firmino was a Brazil bench-warmer at the World Cup – that’s a mistake that cannot repeated for the best forward in the world
Roberto Firmino has been an extremely successful signing at Liverpool, but despite a glorious season where he scored over 25 goals, he still could not make Brazil’s starting lineup for the World Cup. From now on Firmino has to be the main marksman for his country as he is easily the best Brazilian striker around today and maybe even the best forward in the world.
Brazil boss Tite made a lot of mistakes in Russia, and one of them was benching Liverpool star Roberto Firmino in the favor of Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus who really struggled to leave his mark in the tournament.
However, Firmino has bounced back in the best way possible to his exclusion and has already scored four goals this season, justifying his worth yet again. Meanwhile, the struggles of Gabriel Jesus continue to grow as he fails to cement himself a starting spot in the English Premier League, second best behind Argentinian star Sergio Agüero.
This is not the first time a Brazil manager has made a controversial choice, but this may well be the first time a Brazil manager retains his position despite early World Cup elimination. Therefore, Tite has the chance to fix his mistakes and fans are demanding that he prove his managerial worth at the 2019 Copa América tournament that Brazil is set to host in between June and July.
Brazil supporters have lost patience following many failures in recent years and will accept nothing less than winning the whole competition. If Tite messes around with his controversial picks as he did in Russia, then he may well say goodbye to his stint on top of the Seleção hierarchy, if doesn’t achieve the desired results.
What makes Roberto Firmino so special is the fact that he is a midfielder and an attacker at the same time. Technically, he was almost always an attacking midfielder at Hoffenheim back in his time in Germany… a pure 10. But ever since completing the move to Liverpool, German boss Jürgen Klopp has improvised Bobby’s transition to the number nine role, and helped to turn him into one of the best centre-forwards in the world. It is very difficult to name five strikers who are more complete than the Brazilian at the moment.
Last season, Roberto Firmino was the best striker in the Champions League, the best club competition in the world. This year, he seems key to helping Liverpool make a serious title challenge in the Premier League. With the summer transfer window additions Alisson Becker, Fabinho, Naby Keita and Shaqiri, the English giants may well be edging closer to finally breaking their Premier League drought and allow Firmino to make it impossible for Tite to not make him the main man for Brazil.