Brazil legend, Rivaldo, has warned his fellow compatriot Roberto Firmino about joining Barcelona without a proper understanding of his role.

Firmino’s eight-year spell at Liverpool is expected to end this summer.

The Brazilian attacker has been linked with a move to Barcelona.

But Rivaldo wants Firmino to weigh up his decision with Barcelona manager Xavi before making a move to Camp Nou in a bid to avoid playing second fiddle to Robert Lewandowski at Blaugrana.

He said, “Following in the footsteps of other great Brazilian players, I believe [Roberto] Firmino would fulfil a dream of playing for Barcelona,” Rivaldo, a Barcelona legend, told Betfair.

“However, I think he should first find out what his role in the team would be. Xavi always plays with one centre-forward – Robert Lewandowski – and the arrival of Firmino could suggest a change of strategy but will most likely mean that he would be a bench player who would play only a few minutes.

“That is why I think he should weigh up his decision, not least because he’s leaving Liverpool because he’s lost his leading role within the club.”

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