Brazilian forward Gabriel Barbosa has said that he dreams of making it in the Premier League, as well as linking up with Roberto Firmino at Liverpool.
Flamengo attacker Barbosa – who is on loan from Inter Milan – made the headlines last month when he netted a late double to seal his side’s first Copa Libertadores title since 1981.
That victory ensured Flamengo’s progression to the Club World Cup in December, where they could meet Jurgen Klopp’s side should they win their first game in Qatar.
Ahead of the potential meeting, Barbosa revealed to the Daily Mail how he is a big fan of Firmino.
“Firmino is great, I really admire him. He’s been successful for many years in Europe,” the 23-year-old said.
“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.”
Barbosa also spoke about his desire to play in the Premier League, saying: “I like the Premier League very much. It combines technique, strength and speed. I always follow the games from Brazil.
“It really is a place I would like to play. It’s one of the best leagues in the world.
“Every player dreams of being a champion and winning the Premier League must be indescribable.”
The comments regarding a desire to move to the Premier League follow earlier reports that Newcastle sent scouts to watch Barbosa during the Copa Libertadores final.
It has been claimed that Steve Bruce’s side should act quickly if they want to sign the player, given that other Premier League clubs are monitoring his progress.
Barbosa has scored 43 goals in 56 goals for Flamengo since joining from the Serie A.