Belfast Telegraph

Roberto Firmino unfazed by the challenge of adapting to life with Liverpool

By Andy Hampson

Liverpool's Brazilian summer signing Roberto Firmino is confident he will quickly settle at Anfield.

The 23-year-old forward is one of seven new faces at the club after signing from Hoffenheim in a £29m deal last month.

Firmino has now started training at the club's Melwood base and believes he will soon adapt to the demands of the English game.

Firmino, who was not taken on the club's pre-season tour of Australia and the Far East because of his involvement in the Copa America earlier this summer, said: "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 will link up with another member of the Brazil squad at Liverpool in Philippe Coutinho, and he says he spoke to his compatriot before making the move.

"He was very helpful although it was ultimately my decision," Firmino said. "I wanted to know more about how it works here and he had good things to tell me.

"He's a great character and I hope we can nurture our friendship at Liverpool."

Firmino is excited by the challenge ahead and believes he is joining a high-quality squad.

He added: "It's a unique opportunity. I could say Liverpool is the first big club I will play for. Although it's a young team, there's a lot of experience and quality."

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