Firmino was deployed as a striker in the game with Benteke and Sturridge starting the game on the bench due to fitness concerns, and the former Hoffenheim man repaid the coach’s trust with a goal. His fellow countryman, Coutinho revealed that he might have had an influence on Firmino’s decision to move to Anfield over the Summer transfer window.
The 24 year-old attracted a lot of elite European clubs prior to the transfer market due to his impressive form with the Bundesliga side, but he eventually arrived at the Merseyside club for 29 million Pounds, making him the 3rd biggest signing in the club’s history.
Phillipe had urged the player to join Liverpool while both were on international duty for the Selecao mid-year. He said he gave Firmino a number of attractive incentives, and told him ‘you have to join’. Both have become important members of the starting lineup, and continue to light up the scenes. Coutinho praised his countryman for his brilliance and splendid performance since his arrival. He also talked about their inabilities to secure a national team callup in the last 2 international breaks,
“As I always say, being part of the national team in Brazil is a privilege and it is so hard to stay in the team because there are loads of players that are in Europe.”