Gabriel Barbosa has hinted that he’d be interested in a move to Liverpool.
The striker has been on loan at Flamengo in 2019 from Inter Milan, and has enjoyed a terrific stint at the Rio de Janeiro-based club.
The 23-year-old has hit 34 goals in 40 appearances and has seemingly rediscovered his mojo after struggling to fit in at San Siro.
Barbosa, also known as Gabigol, will now feature for Flamengo at the Club World Cup, before deciding on his next move.
And perhaps he might be hoping to catch the eye of Liverpool in Qatar judging by his recent comments.
He said (Daily Mail): “Firmino is great. He’s been successful for many years in Europe. He is a powerful forward and he has been great for Brazil. He is an inspiration that I look up to.
“It would be a pleasure to play with him. Maybe we could team up for Brazil in the future and Liverpool is a team that everyone wants to play for.”
Gabigol then said he likes the Premier League and follows the competition from Brazil.
Liverpool fans react
Gabigol’s comments were obviously picked up by Reds fans on social media, and the reaction has been fairly mixed about the idea of him playing his football at Anfield:
His ego is way too big, but maybe he learnt his lesson. He has a great potential, but his personality and ego used to get in his way. I can see him as a good substitute for us, although his price tag is way too hefty right now.
— Lucas Lucena (@lucaslucena49) 6 December 2019
I used to think Gabigol was going to get the next big deal from Brazil.
— James R. Dissent (@JamesDissent) 6 December 2019
I wouldn’t take him
— matthew langtry (@liverpoolnut262) 6 December 2019
Gabigol and Firmino starting together in a 4231 🤤
— arjun (@ftblarj) 7 December 2019
Nope don’t want him he’s only good for South American football
— Filippo (@hegafilippo) 6 December 2019
Would actually take him as a signing. Wonder what Klopp could do with him.
— Ross Elder (@Rosselder10) 7 December 2019
Honestly I vote yes
— Kav (@Vokavulary) 7 December 2019
This guy is quality. Ain’t gonna replace Martinez and lukaku since they’re on fire. He matches the 19-24 age that Klopp wants, good mentality, no reason why we shouldn’t.
— Tommo (@tombarnes03) 7 December 2019