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Ex-U17 Figueirense coach Maria: Took just 30mins to realise class of Liverpool star Firmino

Former U17 Figueirense coach Hemerson Maria has spoken of working with a teenage Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino.

Maria recounted the dazzling 30-minute spell by which himself and his fellow coaches were convinced to sign up the teenager from Trapiche.

He told BBC Sport: "Roberto arrived for a trial in the middle of 2008.

"Generally trials last a maximum of one month, but depending on the player it can be less: two weeks, 10 days, etc.

"Roberto's trial lasted only 30 minutes - he was exceptional. He practically did nothing wrong, showed immense technical quality, and to top it off scored two bicycle kicks.

"Afterwards, everyone was talking about him and I realised we had a very special player on our hands."

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