Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino predicted to leave Man City’s Gabriel Jesus benched for Brazil

Liverpool’s Firmino in, Man City’s Jesus out

Brazil are gearing up to host the upcoming Copa America.

One of the main issues facing Brazilian manager Tite is who to start in attack.

There are two main candidates to play through the middle: Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino and Man City’s Gabriel Jesus.

According to Globo on Monday, the Liverpool forward is poised to get the nod to lead Brazil’s attack in the competition.

Gabriel Jesus will begin the Copa America on the bench as a result.

Brazil take on Bolivia on Friday night in the opening game.

Gabriel Jesus & his Brazil struggles

The Man City striker has been in great form for Brazil in warm-up matches ahead of the Copa America.

Jesus played 90 minutes in the 2-0 win over Qatar, scoring once.

He then bagged a brace against Honduras over the weekend.

So why’s he being dropped?


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It’s worth remembering that Gabriel Jesus started as Brazil’s #1 striker at the last World Cup.

He scored zero goals in Russia.

Roberto Firmino vs Honduras

Firmino has been nursing an injury problem at the tail-end of the season.

Indeed, the forward was subbed out of the Champions League final against Tottenham, looking less than 100% fit.


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The Liverpool attacker made his first appearance for Brazil this summer during their warm-up period on Sunday against Honduras.

Firmino replaced Jesus in the second half, and he found the target in a 7-0 thrashing.

After the game, Jesus admitted that he’s playing second fiddle to Firmino:

It’s his moment, I’m very conscious of it.

Who will replace Neymar at the Copa America?

Globo predict that Ajax winger David Neres will start in the left-sided attacking role vacated by Neymar.

Neres also got on the scoresheet against Honduras.

Highlights: Brazil 7 – Honduras 0

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