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Roberto Firmino could become Europe’s assist king in the Champions League final

The Brazilian has already provided eight assists and he doesn't look like slowing down

Some players just have it all.

Pace, trickery, imagination and to top it off a brilliant, perfect white smile.

Welcome to the world of Roberto Firmino.


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Bobby Firmino, SNM

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Bobby Firmino, SNM

Firmino has developed an almost telepathic relationship with his strike partners Mo Salah and Sadio Mane this season and Liverpool are reaping the rewards.

The front three have taken Jurgen Klopp’s pure heavy metal football, thought to be perfected with Mario Gotze, Robert Lewandowski and Marco Reus at Borussia Dortmund, and torn up the music.

Now they have two flyers down the wing – Mane a direct presence down the left and Salah and bewildering talent down the right but they’ve got Firmino pulling all the strings from the central false 9 role.

It is poetry in motion.


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There’s gold in those boots

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There’s gold in those boots

With Salah becoming a goalscoring machine and demanding most of the plaudits this season, Firmino has quietly gone about becoming an assist king in Europe.

The Brazilian is just one behind teammate James Milner in the Champions League assists charts having set up eight goals already.

Two more against Real Madrid in the final in Kiev and he can call himself Europe’s undisputed playmaker this season.

He will also break Milner’s record for most assist in a single Champions League season.

Who needs goals right?

Always there in the background slipping his teammates through

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Always there in the background slipping his teammates through

Whenever Mane or Salah do something brilliant you can bet that it will be because Firmino will have have put in the hard yards and done the unglamorous work to free the space.

A twist here or a flick there and suddenly Salah is bearing down on goal one-on-one out of nothing – that is Firmino’s brilliance.

We saw this happen time and time again in both legs of the semi final against Roma.

Firmino picked up two goals AND three assists across both games and he became almost unplayable at Anfield.


FIRMINO’S ON FIRE Roberto Firmino is 33/1 with Sun Bets to assist Sadio Mane and Mo Salah


Assisting Salah’s celebration

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Assisting Salah’s celebration

While the Real Madrid defence are focused on blunting Salah’s razor sharp runs down the right they have to be aware of how Firmino and Mane can link up to devastating effect through the left channel.

Firmino to score or assist against Real Madrid is odds on at 4/6 with Sun Bets, but as Firmino did in the first leg against Roma, he is 33/1 with Sun Bets to assist Mane and Salah against Los Blancos.

If you are really feeling lucky Sun Bets are offering 100/1 on Firmino scoring and getting an assist and the match finishing 2-2 at 90 minutes.

Watch out Sergio Ramos. 


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