Didi Hamann praises Liverpool signing Roberto Firmino

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Dietmar Hamann has hailed Liverpool signing Roberto Firmino and believes that the playmaker has all the right qualities to succeed at Anfield.

Firmino signed for the Reds from Bundesliga side Hoffenheim for £29 million on Wednesday after the club's chief executive Ian Ayre flew to Chile to tie up the deal with the 23-year-old who's currently competing at this year's Copa America with Brazil.

Liverpool fought off a wealth of competition from Europe's elite clubs to ink a deal with Firmino, with him becoming the club's second highest signing.

Whilst there are not a lot of people in Britain who've watched Firmino on a regular basis, Hamann has seen plenty of the attacking-midfielder being a TV pundit for the Bundesliga.

And the former Germany international feels Liverpool have signed a top-class player and is not worried that Firmino will struggle to adapt to life in the Premier League.

“I've seen a lot of Firmino and he's a player I like a lot,” Hamann told Liverpool Echo.

“He's Brazilian but he has played in Germany for a number of years and I've been impressed by how he has developed.

“I've spoken to people who have worked with him and they say he won't be bullied. He has got more of a European than a Brazilian mentality.

“He is very skilful but he also has the strength and the mentality to survive in the Premier League.

“I watched him a number of times for Hoffenheim last season and I'm sure he will be able to handle playing in England. The Bundesliga is not a league where they don't tackle, the games are physical.

“His pace is a big asset and on top of that he's very skilful and can finish. He might play some games through the middle but I think out wide will probably be his position.”


Firmino becomes Liverpool's fifth signing of the summer and Brendan Rodgers is certainly looking to fend off any competition by doing his deals early. 

James Milner was chased by a number of Premier League clubs including Arsenal, and Manchester City also wanted to extend the England international's contract. However, after talks with Rodgers and co Milner opted to join Liverpool on a free transfer.

Danny Ings was also wanted by Tottenham Hotspur and Real Sociedad, but, he opted for a move to Anfield, also on a free transfer.

This is a real statement of intent from the club this season as they look to rebuild following this campaign's disappointing effort finishing seventh in the league and crashing out of the Champions League in the group stages.

Sterling Saga

With Firmino now joining, it seems that the writing is on the wall for Raheem Sterling to leave to Manchester City.

The Citizens have already a £40 million bid rejected for Sterling and are expecting to come back with an improved offer in the region of £50 million, which will probably be accepted. 

Liverpool have already signed a replacement for the 20-year-old, a smart move and they've clearly learned from the wrong doings of selling Luis Suarez last summer and failing to replace the striker.

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