Lucas excited to play with Roberto Firmino

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Lucas Leiva insists Roberto Firmino will be a big hit at Liverpool, however, believes his fellow Brazil countryman will need time to adapt to the Premier League.

Firmino joined the Reds from Bundesliga side Hoffenheim for £29.5 million earlier this month, becoming Liverpool's second most expensive signing in the club's history.

The 23-year-old, who's scored four goals from ten games for Brazil, has yet to meet up with his new team-mates after given extended leave after competing in this summer's Copa America.

There's plenty of hype around Firmino, who's been hailed by fellow compatriots Philippe Coutinho and Fabio Aurellio already and Lucas has offered a similar opinion.

“When I heard we were signing him, I thought it was a good signing for us because I have been following him for a while," the former Gremio man told the Liverpool Echo. “I haven’t met him yet, I only know him from watching the national team. He has got a good record for Brazil - four or five goals in nine games which is great.

“He has only started to play for Brazil in the last six months but he has potential and we have seen in the national team that he can perform.

“He has been playing in Germany, which is a very similar league to the one in England. I think it will be hard straight away and it will be just a case of him having to adapt to the club, the language and the way the manager wants us to play.

“We will see where he fits in. He showed in Germany what he is capable of and hopefully he will be able to adapt as soon as possible. Listen, I remember when Suarez arrived at Liverpool and people didn’t know much about him."

“Hopefully he will be the new Suarez because that would be great for the club but it is not fair to put that pressure on him now. I think he has got all the attributes to be a great player for the club, for sure.”

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Firmino's arrival adds plenty of strength and depth to Brendan Rodgers' side who will have top-four aspirations for the upcoming campaign following their disappointing sixth-place finish last season. 

He joins Danny Ings and Divock Origi at Anfield as new attacking-minded players , two strikers who will be in the hunt to add more goals to Liverpool's game. The Merseyside club were distinctly toothless in front of goal last term and netted just 52 times in the Premier League.

The Reds are in this season's Europa League, which will mean a gruelling process of playing Thursday-Sunday football and the repercussions of that were highlighted at both Tottenham Hotspur and Everton last term.

A big squad is needed and Rodgers will certainly want to win the Europa League having not yet won a trophy at Anfield in his first three seasons, being the first Liverpool manager not do so since 1952. 

Winning the Europa League means an automatic spot in the following season's Champions League and with 2014/15 Premier League fourth-placed Manchester United significantly improving their squad bringing in big names such as Bastian Schweinsteiger and Memphis Depay, they could prove difficult to pass. 

Liverpool will, however, be without Rahem Sterling, who completed his £49 million move to Manchester City earlier this week. It's likely that Rodgers will be keen to replace Sterling, who was a valuable member of the Northern Irishman's squad last season. 

Christian Benteke has been linked to Anfield, but, Aston Villa are holding out for the £32.5 million release clause in his contract.  

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