Flamengo striker ​Gabriel Barbosa has revealed that he is open to a move to the Premier League, and claims his international compatriot Roberto Firmino is an "inspiration".

Barbosa is currently on loan at Flamengo from Inter and his sensational form was inspirational in securing the club their first Copa Libertadores title since 1981. 

The 23-year-old scored two late goals to seal a scintillating win over River Plate and he has 34 in all competitions, also helping the club seal their first Campeonato Brasileiro title in a decade.

Flamengo could be rewarded for the triumph with a game against European champions Liverpool in the Club World Cup later this month - provided both teams win their respective semi finals - and Barbosa is relishing the possibility. 

The striker revealed in an interview with ​The Sun that he respects Reds striker Firmino and hopes to play together with him in the future.

"Firmino is great. He's been successful for many years in Europe. He is a powerful forward and he has been great for Brazil. He is an inspiration that I look up to," Barbosa stated.

"It would be a pleasure to play with him. Maybe we could team up for Brazil in the future and Liverpool is a team that everyone wants to play for."

Barbosa also expressed his admiration for the Premier League in general, opening the door for a potential move to England in the future.

He added: "I like the Premier League very much. It combines technique, strength and speed. I always follow the games from Brazil. It really is a place I would like to play. It's one of the best leagues in the world. Every player dreams of being a champion and winning the Premier League must be indescribable."

Gabriel Barbosa

Barbosa's contract with ​Inter expires in the summer of 2022, though that he not stopped him being linked with moves to ​Everton and ​West Ham in the past. 

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