When Roberto Firmino was signed for Liverpool, it came as a shock to many Reds fans.
The Anfield giants have had difficulty keeping transfer deals quiet in the past, so the fact that they managed to keep the £29 million signing of a Brazilian forward under wraps caught everybody by surprise; most of all their own supporters.
The Bundesliga, whilst not without a certain cult following in these parts, does not yet have the exposure enjoyed by Sky’s La Liga commentary, and so for many fans, the first they knew of the Brazilian was when they saw a picture of him alongside their sunburnt chief executive Ian Ayre in South America.
A few Youtube videos later and the fan base began to hope that finally the club had found a talent ready to fill the boots of the departed Luis Suarez. Skillful, yet deceptively physical, the Brazilian looked to have the quality so yearned for by those who hold Liverpool close to their hearts.
Then the season started. And just as rapidly as those Youtube clips and Bundesliga experts had lit a fire of optimism under an expectant following, hope was extinguished just as fast by a slow beginning for the Brazilian in the Premier League. With Liverpool struggling, and then manager Brendan Rodgers fighting a losing battle to keep his job, he even found himself on the bench for his new side, an inauspicious beginning indeed.
However, since the turn of the new year Firmino has been a player transformed. He has scored seven goals and provided four assists in the nine league games he has played in so far in 2016.
In 2015 for Liverpool he played in 16 games, only scoring once and notching up four assists. His 2016 performances make him the most effective player in the Premier League, with his eleven total contributions to goals besting the likes of Sergio Aguero (nine goals, one assist) and Diego Costa (six goals, four assists) in this calendar year.
In Fantasy Football his contribution has been no less phenomenal. He is the top scoring player in the Premier League’s own season-long game with 77 points this calendar year, twelve points more than Aguero and 20 points more than Costa.
Benefiting from being played as a forward but designated as a midfielder for FPL purposes, and with DGWs to come for the Reds after this blank weekend, he is the must-have player in fantasy football for the remainder of the campaign.
Fanfeud.co.uk are delighted to announce that they are holding a fantasy football game specifically for the historic meeting between Firmino’s Reds and their fiercest rivals Manchester United in the Europa League tonight.
Simply pick the best five fantasy players from either side, and if your lineup comes out on top you win. If you choose to pay in £3, you are eligible for the cumulative jackpot, but you are more than welcome to play for free and for fun.
Play today on Fanfeud.co.uk
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