Roberto Carlos hails "intelligent" Roberto Firmino

Roberto Firmino brazil

Roberto Firmino has achieved hero worship status at Liverpool and now he heads to the World Cup hoping to do the same with Brazil.

Firmino and Coutinho complement an attack-minded squad boasting Neymar, Gabriel Jesus, Douglas Costa, Willian and Manchester United's £52 million signing from Shakhtar Donetsk, Fred.

"Here in England they call him "The Magician".

Pressed as to why that might be, the man who left Figueirense for German side Hoffenheim in 2011 told FourFourTwo: "I can't really explain it. He's an exceptional guy - one of the best friends football has given me".

In doing so he won a place in the Brazil squad, and he'll hope to be given the opportunity to lead the line at some point for Tite-though there's a big part to play for Firmino in Russian Federation regardless of whether he starts or not. What matters to me is that I'm doing my job at my club where I'm very happy at the moment.

In 54 games for Liverpool last season, Firmino was involved in 44 goals and was easily his best season to date.

The 26-year-old has also impressed in Brazil's warm-up friendlies, scoring against Croatia before setting up former Liverpool teammate Philippe Coutinho against Austria, and Carlos was full of praise for his compatriot.

"He made his decision to join Barcelona, but every time we play for the Seleção we have a chat and maintain that friendship".

And Firmino has been tipped to shine on the big stage in Russian Federation by none other than Roberto Carlos, who helped A Selecao lift the golden trophy in 2002.

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