The last week has been a cheerful one for Reds all over the world. Still hurting from the debacle that their club’s season turned out to be, coupled with the exit of perhaps their greatest player and club captain Steven Gerrard , not to mention their club’s heaviest defeat in half-a-century , the future looked bleak for England’s most decorated club and there was doom and gloom all over the Anfield corridors.One of their best players in Raheem Sterling was likely to leave(and still is) and supporters were calling for manager Brendan Rodgers’ head.
What a difference a week makes in football!
The club has confirmed the arrivals of James Milner , Danny Ings , Adam Bogdan , Joe Gomez and Roberto Firmino, while Nathaniel Clyne and Carlos Bacca among others are expected to follow them to Anfield in the coming days. The club have rediscovered their verve, and the supporters have regained their passion. From out of nowhere , Liverpool have laid down a marker to their rivals that they are not to be counted out yet and will fight tooth-and-nail to regain their lost pinnacle.
However, there were some worries regarding Firmino’s work permit as he had not satisfied the Premier League stipulations for grant of an automatic permit.
However, Reds’ fans can rejoice again after a spokesman from the FA quashed all such worries and confirmed that the Reds’ new recruit would be granted a work permit. The new FA regulations that were brought in last month stipulated that for the 23-year-old Brazilian to be granted an automatic work permit , he needed to have played in 30% of Brazil’s competitive fixtures over the last 24 months. He, however, had not featured for the Selecao in either the Confederations Cup or the World Cup in the previous two summers.
The FA spokesman revealed:
“Liverpool will not apply for the work permit until after the transfer window officially opens on July 1. Confederation Cup wouldn’t count in the previous 24 months if the application is for after July 1 as that tournament finished on 30 June 2013.”
This perfectly suits Liverpool , who have made the Brazilian their second most expensive signing eever at £29 million, as then Firmino would have featured in 3 of Brazil’s last 10 competitive matches, thus making him eligible for an automatic work permit.
He further added:
“He’s going to get in,there’s no concern here. Quality players will get in,the regulations are there to tackle average players. It is an independent panel according to the Home Office rules albeit run through the FA but there are not expected to be any problem. “
Liverpool fans can now look towards watching Firmino in action for their team next season without any worries, and hope that the exciting Brazilian can fire them to new heights.