The Brazilian international is one of six new signings at Anfield this summer as manager Brendan Rodgers looks to assemble a squad capable of challenging for Champions League qualification this season.
Firmino’s transfer fee of a reported £29 million [BBC] is the largest of all six acquisitions so far and with that will come the added pressure of him being expected to perform each week for the Reds, despite it being his first season in English football.
However, the 23-year-old says the hefty-price tag will not be a burden and says he chose a move to the Reds over Manchester United as they had been chasing his signature for over a year:
“Not at all. I see it rather as a recognition and confirmation,” the former Hoffenheim player told German publication Bild [via the Liverpool Echo].
Liverpool’s first home game of the new season is against Bournemouth in the second round of games and Firmino already has his eye on playing in front of the Kop:
“Being at the stadium at Anfield with the fans. I get goose bumps already just thinking about how they will sing ‘You’ll never walk alone’,” Firmino added.
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Firmino is yet to join up with his new teammates after being given extra time off following his exploits at the Copa America tournament earlier this summer where he showed a tantalising glimpse of his goalscoring abilities against Venezuela:
He is set to be joined at Anfield by Belgian powerhouse Christian Benteke, following reports that the Reds have activated the striker’s £32.5 million release clause [via BBC Sport].