Firmino has ‘everything’ for PL – Willian

Date published: Thursday 25th June 2015 9:32

Firmino completed his transfer to Liverpool from Hoffenheim on Wednesday, in the process becoming the club’s second most expensive signing in their history.

Chelsea forward Willian, who set up Firmino’s goal against Venezuela in the Copa America, is confident his fellow countryman will justify the price tag.

“He’s a great player, he knows how to score and he’s strong,” Willian said.

“Obviously, British football is played differently.

“It’s very quick and aggressive and it is tough to adapt there.

“But he has everything in order to make that change.

“As far as I’m concerned and other players like Philippe Coutinho, who will also play with him, we will try to help him with his transition to Liverpool.”

Dietmar Hamann, who believes Liverpool will have done their best business “in a long time” if they now sell Raheem Sterling for £50million having signed Firmino, has also backed the versatile frontman for Anfield success.

“Physically, he’s stronger than Coutinho and he’s more direct,” Hamann told the Liverpool Echo.

“When he travels with the ball, he can beat a player one v one.

“Coutinho and Adam Lallana like to set things out and bring others into play. But Firmino is more direct and he will look to finish himself.

“He will create chances for others but he will also score goals. He has good pace and can beat a player. Liverpool lacked pace going forward last season.

“He has played some games up front but that was more to do with Hoffenheim not having a centre-forward who was scoring goals regularly.

“I think he might be more effective out wide for Liverpool. I think he will be more effective than a Coutinho out there.

“Coutinho lights up the middle with his vision. Firmino’s strengths are a bit different.

“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.”

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