When it comes to summer signings, Brendan Rodgers is on a roll. Only yesterday did we report about their new 18-year-old signing from Charlton, Joe Gomez and now the list has been added with another name and arguably the best – Brazilian midfielder Roberto Firmino.
“Liverpool Football Club are delighted to announce the signing of Roberto Firmino from Hoffenheim, subject to medical which will take place immediately following the player’s participation in Copa America 2015 for Brazil,” Liverpool said in an official statement.
In our earlier article, we talked about “high probability” of Firmino joining Manchester United after news surfaced about him to undergo medical tests post Copa America. But Liverpool has confirmed that they have signed the talented 23-year-old for a “long term deal.”
On June 10, ESPN Brazil correspondent, Jose Elias said tweeted about Firmino joining Manchester United.
Empresários confirmam que Firmino vai fazer exames médicos na seleção para assinar com o Manchester united…
— José Elias (@zeelias05) June 9, 2015
The tweet read, “[It is] confirmed that Firmino will make medical examinations in the selection to sign with Manchester united.” But the Red Devils lost the game to their arch rivals, Liverpool.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 24, 2015
Liverpool are expected to pay an initial of 25 million pounds to Firmino with the chance of extension up to 29 million pounds, making him the second most expensive player of the club after Andy Carroll who was signed for 35 million pounds.
Firmino was the best young bid that was available for any teams. He has scored 47 goals in 151 appearances during his reign in German club, Hoffenhein with 12 goals coming last summer.
He is likely to sport the prestigious No.10 jersey in Reds and will look to play both as an offensive as well as defensive player – one who creates play as well as scores.
His current form and contribution to his country in Copa America will certainly push a smile across Brendan Rodgers’ face. Firmino was the winning goal scorer in Brazil’ last group stage match against Venezuela that saw the five-time world champions play without their star, Neymar.
After a terrible last season, Liverpool has handpicked many players. However, Firmino will definitely be their greatest catch so far.
But a question always remains whenever a South American player arrives to Premier league. Will they succeed in their style?
Perhaps, with Rodgers craving for young talent and wanting to give them opportunities, Firmino will succeed.