You would have been forgiven for thinking Spain had sneakily smuggled Jordi Alba into their U21 squad during Thursday’s 4-1 thrashing of France in the semi-finals.
But it wasn’t the Barcelona star who ripped Sylvain Ripol’s defence apart again and again. Instead, Real Betis flyer Junior Firpo has just announced himself as one of the most exciting young full-backs in European football – even if he did gift France the lead with a silly foul in the box early on.
The 22-year-old recovered from that early mistake by producing a tireless performance on the flank, racing in behind a suspect back line again and again. If Spain had a natural centre-forward on the pitch, Firpo surely would have ended the last-four meeting with an assist or two.
And, on this evidence, it is no wonder that Jurgen Klopp wants to add the Dominican-born left-back to his swashbuckling squad.
Yet it seems that a number of Liverpool fans think he is worth the risk on last night’s evidence.
I still hope Liverpool want Firpo. Despite giving away the penalty, he’s looked really good.— Josh (@Josh_LFC4life) June 27, 2019
Firpo looking decent— J (@Joshmc_lfc2) June 27, 2019
I haven't given up on Firpo yet uno— ً (@BabyKeith8) June 27, 2019
Firpo’s Alberto Moreno Moment (TM)— Lubo 6 (@lubomerkov) June 27, 2019
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