Bursaspor striker Ali Akman has revealed that he watches Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino to help improve his own game.

Akman, who said he wants to join Liverpool in the future, says that he enjoys Firmino’s style of play. The striker says he looks at what Firmino does and tries to add it to his own game, with the Liverpool man acting like a number 10 in the centre-forward position.

Earlier this year, Akman name-dropped Liverpool as one of the clubs he dreams of playing for later in his career, along with Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Speaking to the Turkish Football Federation’s TamSaha Magazine, as quoted by Inside Futbol, Akman revealed his admiration for Firmino. “I can’t help but mention Roberto Firmino alongside Torres, Aguero and Martinez.

“He plays like the number 10, not like a forward.

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“I like his playing style too. I’m trying to get something from him too. I’m looking at what and how I can get from some players.

“I watch other players as to how they are positioning.”


First of all, it must be stressed that Liverpool have not been credited with an interest in Akman as of yet. The only mention has come from the player himself, so there should not be any expectation of a bid from Liverpool or anything else of that nature. However, it could be an interesting topic for the future if Akman ends up performing to a high-standard at the top level whilst playing like Firmino in the striker role.

Firmino has struggled for goals over the last 18 months, failing to hit double figures in the Premier League last season and currently sat on six this term. It could be a sign that his powers are waning and Liverpool may need to start looking at potential replacements for him, even if that means in two or three year’s time.

If Akman is able to adapt his own game by watching Firmino and produce top-class performances in his mould, he could be a player that Liverpool do start to pay attention to. The 18-year-old is currently playing in the Turkish league, but he is due to join Frankfurt on a free transfer in the summer. This means that Liverpool could see how he adapts to playing in the Bundesliga, which could be a better measure of just how good he is.

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