GUARDIAN – Does Brazilian footballer Roberto Firmino really score a ‘no-look’ basket with his foot? – video

New Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino appears to kick a football into a basketball hoop without looking. Firmino, known for his ‘no-look’ goals in the Bundesliga and Brazil, appears to repeat the trick on a basketball court. But is it real, what do you think? Liverpool confirmed on Wednesday they have signed the 23-year-old forward on a five-year deal for a fee of around £29m Continue reading…

ESPN – Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino: Seven things to know about Brazil forward

Highlights from new Liverpool signing Roberto Firmino's Copa America campaign for Brazil so far. Brazil international Roberto Firmino is set to become Liverpool's second-most expensive signing after a £29 million deal was agreed with Hoffenheim — which also makes him the Bundesliga's most expensive player at €42 million. Here is are seven things to know about the forward. ORIGINS Born in Maceio, birthplace of three-time World Cup winner as player and manager Mario Zagallo, Firmino began his career in the youth team at Clube de Regatas Brasil before moving on to Figueirense. EMERGENCE The…

GUARDIAN – Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino: a thiever of balls who never stops running | Marcus Christenson

The 23-year-old Brazilian arrives with a hefty price tag but his Bundesliga record is excellent and his work rate and application reminiscent of Luis SuárezIn December 2010 the Hoffenheim sporting director, Ernst Tanner, travelled to the east coast of Brazil to check out a player at the second division side Figueirense. The reports had been promising but Tanner did not know what to expect as he turned up for training to watch the young Roberto Firmino Barbosa de Oliveira.Afterwards, Tanner was not much the wiser. “It was strange because during some exercises he would just, without any apparent reason, just fold … but instead of making a big meal out of it and getting angry, he listened carefully to his coach and learned from what he had done wrong. That impressed me.” Related: Liverpool’s new signing Danny Ings prepares to play the numbers game Related: Liverpool announce signing of Joe Gomez from Charlton Athletic for £3.5m Continue reading…