Despite setting his current employers back close to £30 million over the course of the summer transfer window, Roberto Firmino hasn’t exactly proven himself worthy of such a hefty price-tag so far across the 2015/16 campaign for Liverpool…
During the first half of the current season in-fact, the highly rated South American seemingly looked out of touch with the pace of the English game, somewhat unable to hold his own up-top at Anfield, and rather short of producing the supposedly ‘world class’ form he had previously displayed with Hoffenheim in the German Bundesliga.
However, after bagging himself a succession of well taken goals in recent outings – and simply turning his overall performance levels up a notch under the charismatic management style of Jurgen Klopp – the 24-year-old Brazilian has admittedly shown some improved signs of potential for the Reds of late.
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So then, as a decent remainder of the 2015/16 campaign still remains to be played right in the here and now, is it fair to suggest that this £29 million man is just about to come good in front of the Liverpool faithful?
Well, although Roberto Firmino certainly hasn’t impressed every time he’s pulled on the Reds shirt this season, the former Bundesliga star now seems more settled in the Premier League after experiencing an admittedly forgettable start to his Liverpool career.
The former Hoffenheim man initially arrived at Anfield with a rather promising reputation under his belt of course. He was beginning to define himself as up and coming attacker certainly worthy of keeping a keen eye on – both on the back of his previous exploits in Germany, as well as on the international scene with Brazil.
And whilst the 24-year-old Reds man is definitely yet to set the Premier League alight with Liverpool thus far, Roberto Firmino nonetheless showed clear signs of intent even without registering himself on the score-sheet towards the beginning of the season. It therefore comes as little surprise that Liverpool’s new no. 11 is finally starting to show his very best form in front of the Anfield faithful.
When it comes to taking up effective positions in and around the opposition’s penalty area, attempting daring shots from just outside the box, and simply displaying that all-important sense of flair most English fans tend to expect from big-money South American imports – Roberto Firmino hasn’t quite thrived in 2015/16 as of yet – but in light of his most recent performances for the Reds, he certainly seems to be getting there it must be said.
Perhaps if the young Brazilian had eventually been captured for a far more realistic transfer-fee back in the summer however, very few would have seen fit to discredit the recently acquired Liverpool star as easily as they did at the start of the season.
He obviously fails to represent a £29million player yet if the burden of such an inflated asking-price doesn’t become too much for the player in question at the end of the day, there is no reason to suggest that this quick-footed attacker won’t successfully establish himself on Merseyside some day in the not too distant future.
Yes, Roberto Firmino will never likely replicate the same kind of legacy left by the likes of Fernando Torres and Luis Suarez during each of their respective spells at Anfield – but as his most recent performances in a Liverpool shirt have nonetheless alluded to of late – this is a player who simply has enough potential to impress the Reds crowd for a good few years yet to come.
So if Jurgen Klopp’s side simply have enough about them to keep progressively climbing the Premier League table,then the immediate future remains a promising place for Roberto Firmino and the Merseyside faithful.