Joelinton: Firmino is my idol

DUESSELDORF, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 15: Joelinton of Hoffenheim reacts during the Bundesliga match between Fortuna Duesseldorf and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim at Esprit-Arena on September 15, 2018 in Duesseldorf, Germany. (Photo by Juergen Schwarz/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Hoffenheim’s newest Brazilian star Joelinton hopes to follow in the footsteps of compatriot Roberto Firmino

The Liverpool striker previously played for Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga between 2011 to 2015.

In his time at Germany, Firmino scored 49 goals and added 36 assists in 153 appearances before sealing a reported £29m transfer to Liverpool.

Now 22-year-old Joelinton plans to emulate his idol by playing in the Premier League and earning a call-up to the Brazil team.

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“He (Firmino) is a role model for me. He plays in England and in the national team. He’s a great player,” Joelinton told Sport Bild.

“For me, the Premier League is the best league in the world. I would like to play there eventually,”

“I will do everything to be called up at some point. If I become a national team player someday, then I’ll be a great player.”

After two seasons on loan at Rapid Wien, Joelinton has managed eight goals and five assists in 15 appearances for Hoffenheim this term.