Roberto Firmino confident he can adapt to Premier League life

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Roberto Firmino is confident he can quickly adapt to the demands of the English game and has insisted that his new side are full of quality. 

Firmino joined Liverpool for £29 million from German side Hoffenheim and arrives at Anfield with a healthy reputation. He's scored four goals from ten appearances for Brazil and was the Bundesliga's Breakthrough Player of the Year in 2014 after scoring 16 goals from 33 games.

The 23-year-old has been at Liverpool's Melwood training ground this week and is being put through his paces during pre-season training alongside fellow compatriot Philippe Coutinho, Mario Balotelli and Emre Can.


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Some have doubts about Firmino's big money arrival and whether he will be able to match the physical aspect of the Premier League.

However, the playmaker insists that he will thrive playing in England and believes Liverpool is a team full of talent.

"I am, without a doubt. German football, where I’ve played for nearly five years, is very similar – maybe just a little less tough than English football. I’m confident I’ll be just fine here," Firmino told

"I’ve received a warm welcome from the teammates who are here and I trust I will have the same from those who are on tour at the moment.

"I can’t wait to step out onto the pitch with my right foot and give my best to the team and my teammates. I’m looking forward to having goosebumps when I hear the fans singing those chants before the game.

"Although it’s a young team, there’s a lot of experience and quality in it. Each and everyone of the players must do their best to have the chance to play and win games as a consequence."

New Arrival

Firmino is one of seven new summer recruits as Liverpool look to improve on their disappointing sixth-place finished in the Premier League last season.

Brendan Rodgers has been in charge at Anfield for three years and is yet to win a trophy, being the first manager since the 1950s to do so. Silverware is a priority for Kopites and owners, Fenway Sports Group, who will be keeping a careful watch over Rodgers this season.

Liverpool struggled for goals last term as they grabbed just 52 in the league and that tally needs to improve significantly if they are to challenge for a top-four finish.

Firmino is a player who can both score and set up goals. He plays a number 10 role, however, is also capable of playing out wide  and also as a striker if needed.

He was used as Neyamr's replacement for Brazil in the Copa America earlier this summer following the Barcelona striker's suspension and Firmino has thrust himself into being a regular for his country.

He will join Lucas Leiva and Coutinho at Anfield with the latter playing a massive part on why Firmino chose Liverpool over other club's.

"He was very helpful although it was ultimately my decision," he added.

"I wanted to know more about how it works here and he had some very good things to tell me. He’s a great character and I hope we can nurture our friendship at Liverpool.

"Philippe is a great person and has a big heart. He showed me his personal qualities during our time together at the Selecao.

"I’m expecting us to be two fighters on the pitch battling together for the best for Liverpool, hoping that it will bring us the victories."

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