TalkSport is well known for fan call-ins and The Football Manc Cave are responding to what a Liverpool fan has stated.
A Liverpool fan has told TalkSport that he thinks Roberto Firmino is the best striker in the Premier League and not only that, he has gone as far to say that he would rank him higher than Sergio Aguero and Harry Kane. Going one step further, the fan also claimed that Firmino could ‘walk straight into the Man City squad.’
This has obviously sparked conversation amongst football fans and triggered some laughs from the radio hosts.
Now I’m going to give my opinion on the Liverpool fans suggestion…
Personally, I think he would need to spend a lot of time on the training ground with the Man City squad in order to fully understand how hard Pep Guardiola’s teamwork. There’s a chance he could blend in with the blues and perform well, however, I think most will agree that he should stay put for now.
If you look at his stats though, they’re quite impressive. Leroy Sané is currently out of the Man City squad and let’s just imagine for a minute if Firmino was to fill that gap, here’s how the two compare according to WhoScored.com.
Firmino: An overall rating of 7.72. A Premier League rating of 8.17, an overall pass success rate of 78.3. He’s achieved this at the age of 27 and is versatile as he can play as a striker or in midfield.
Leroy Sané: An overall rating of 6.34, a pass success rate of 74.1 and is a successful winger. He’s achieved these stats at the age of 23 years old and he’s not had the chance to make appearances in the Premier League. This was supposed to be his year for it, only he suffered the knee injury that put him out. His statistics can only get better with more playing time and as he gets older.
So going with the theme of ‘which Liverpool player could just walk straight into the Man City team?’
Virgil Van Dijk
For me, he would fit in perfectly at Man City. I know it’s going to take a lot to get him at the Etihad. His wages will now be high and his fees. He could easily go to big clubs abroad with how good he is and after his time at Liverpool comes to a close, he will probably wait on offers to come flooding in.
He would fit in with the work ethic required under Pep Guardiola and into the defensive line that City need to work on with the current injury to Laporte and Kompany leaving. Here’s how he compares according to WhoScores again.
Overall Rating: 7.30
Premier League Rating: 7.40
Overall Pass Success Rate: 88.5%