After leaving Liverpool, Roberto Firmino has officially signed a three-year contract with Al-Ahli, a team from the Saudi Pro League.
The 31-year-old Brazilian forward, who was previously a free agent following the expiration of his Liverpool contract last season, has joined Al-Ahli.
Firmino has an impressive track record, with 111 goals to his name in his 362 appearances for Liverpool, which he joined in 2015 from Hoffenheim.
Other players who have left Chelsea for Saudi Arabia include N’Golo Kante and Kalidou Koulibaly. Additionally, players like Karim Benzema, Ruben Neves, and Marcelo Brozovic have also relocated, while Steven Gerrard, an ex-Liverpool midfielder, has taken on the role of manager at Al-Ettifaq.
This influx of high-calibre players into Saudi clubs showcases the league’s aim to be among the top five globally. It comes after a June decision by the Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia, owners of Newcastle United, to assume control of four major clubs in the country.
Firmino, along with Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and James Milner, left Anfield as free agents this summer. These departing players were warmly applauded by both fans and fellow players during the season’s final match, with Firmino receiving the most resounding applause.
Known for forming a formidable offensive trio with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, Firmino contributed to Liverpool’s victory in the Champions League in 2019, the Premier League in 2020, and the double win of the FA Cup and League Cup in 2022.
Furthermore, he was instrumental in Liverpool’s first Fifa Club World Cup win in December 2019, scoring the decisive extra-time goal against Flamengo.
His departure from the club was confirmed in March, signalling the end of his tenure at the end of the season.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Roberto Firmino Al-Ahli transfer
Q: Where has Roberto Firmino signed after leaving Liverpool?
A: Roberto Firmino has signed with Al-Ahli, a team in the Saudi Pro League.
Q: How long is Roberto Firmino’s contract with Al-Ahli?
A: Roberto Firmino has signed a three-year contract with Al-Ahli.
Q: How many goals did Roberto Firmino score for Liverpool?
A: Roberto Firmino scored 111 goals in 362 games for Liverpool.
Q: Who else has joined Al-Ahli from prominent football clubs?
A: Senegal goalkeeper Edouard Mendy has also joined Al-Ahli after leaving Chelsea.
Q: Which other players have moved from Chelsea to Saudi Arabian clubs?
A: N’Golo Kante and Kalidou Koulibaly have also made the move from Chelsea to Saudi Arabian clubs.
Q: What is the reason behind the influx of high-profile players to Saudi Arabian clubs?
A: The trend is driven by the ambition of the Saudi Pro League to become one of the top five leagues in the world, supported by the decision of the Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) to take over four leading clubs in the country.
Q: What are some of Roberto Firmino’s achievements with Liverpool?
A: Firmino played a crucial role in Liverpool’s victories in the Champions League (2019), Premier League (2020), FA Cup, and League Cup (2022). He also scored the winning goal in the FIFA Club World Cup final in 2019.
Q: Which other players left Liverpool as free agents along with Firmino?
A: Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and James Milner also left Liverpool as free agents.
Q: Who is the new manager of Al-Ettifaq, another Saudi Arabian club?
A: Steven Gerrard, a former Liverpool midfielder, has become the manager of Al-Ettifaq.
More about Roberto Firmino Al-Ahli transfer
- Roberto Firmino joins Al-Ahli – BBC Sport
- Roberto Firmino’s Liverpool career – Liverpool FC official website
- Saudi Arabian Pro League – Saudi Arabian Football Federation
- Edouard Mendy joins Al-Ahli – Chelsea FC official website
- Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund (PIF) – Official website of Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund
- Steven Gerrard appointed Al-Ettifaq manager – BBC Sport