Watch: Emerson brilliantly trolls Firmino after Son’s goal v Liverpool

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Tottenham defender Emerson Royal during their defeat to Chelsea in London, England, January 2022.

Tottenham Hotspur wing-back Emerson Royal was absolutely delighted when Son Heung-min gave Spurs the lead in their Premier League game at Anfield on Saturday night – and he celebrated by poking fun at Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino.

Emerson has endured a relatively torrid first season at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium since his big-money summer move from Barcelona, but he has improved in recent months under the guidance of Antonio Conte and put in a strong display as Spurs drew 1-1 against Liverpool on Saturday night.

He was part of the defensive line that kept this most relentless of Reds sides at bay for almost 75 minutes, holding his shape and defending the box strongly.

The Brazilian was also part of the move that saw Spurs take a surprise lead with 55 minutes on the clock. His looping ball found Harry Kane, who played in Ryan Sessegnon to cross for Son to score.

And as the Spurs players celebrated near the corner flag, Emerson imitated the celebration of his compatriot Roberto Firmino.

Running up to his team-mates, Emerson jumped up and performed a flying kick, the exact same thing Firmino does whenever a Liverpool player finds the net.

If you asked Emerson about it, he’d probably say it was a tribute to the Reds striker. But we reckon it was a pretty funny way of rubbing salt into Liverpool’s freshly inflicted wound.

“It’s been a productive season and one where I’ve learned a lot. I came from a different league and physicality, but I think I’ve been adapting well,” Emerson said in an interview for Tottenham’s newsletter earlier this month.

“You want fast results but have to understand there is a process to respect, but I think it’s gone well.”

The more he performs as he did against Liverpool – and the more shithouse celebrations he indulges in – the more Spurs fans will be inclined to agree with that assessment.


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