For maybe the first time ever, between both Merseyside teams you can find one half of the Brazil national attack. Richarlison has been a revelation since moving from Watford and is potentially in line to be top scorer in the league this season. Whereas what Firminho lacks in goals he more than makes up for in general play, assists and vision. So who’s better?
Since making the move to replace Lukaku at Everton this season, Richarlison has been pretty much a revelation. 6 goals in 7 games already this season doesn’t even tell the full story. The forwards read of the game, use of space and cutting running has split defenses and created opportunities for his whole team. With a 42.9% finishing rate he’s among the top marksmen per shot in the league too, behind only a handful of stars.
His form at Watford was what first earned him a Brazil call up and he’s already scored 2 goals in 4 games for the Selecao.
His pacy, physical game coupled with deadly finishing will surely see him hit more than 20 this season for Everton, making him only the second player in 30 years for the Toffees to manage that.
Roberto Firmino is a key part of one of the best attacks in the European club game. While he leaves the majority of the goal scoring to Salah and Mane for Liverpool, no one can argue the Brazilian isn’t pulling his weight.
He’s scored 38 goals for the reds since joining from Hoffenheim in 2015. And has notched up 8 for the Brazil national team in 27 games.
He was first used mainly as a false 9 by Klopp and before that mainly played as an attacking midfielder at Hoffenheim and under Brendan Rogers. But since he’s developed into a more traditional number 9.
His strong dribbling, running and movement has earned him praise from players and managers but his attitude towards his team mates and powerful defensive work make him the complete player he is.
So who do you think is better?
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