Firmino signing delights Hamann.



Liverpool great Dietmar Hamann has praised the signing of Roberto Firmino, saying the Brazil star will thrive in the Premier League.

The former Liverpool midfielder Hamann is convinced Firmino will be successful at Anfield, as he reckons the signing is a "statement of intent" by the Reds.

Firmino's move from Hoffenheim to Merseyside was sealed on Wednesday, subject to a medical as the Brazil forward is currently participating in the Copa America.

And, former Germany international Hamann has no doubt Firmino, 23, will hit the ground running on Merseyside.

"I've seen a lot of Firmino and he's a player I like a lot," Hamann said.

"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."

Sources say Brendan Rodgers' side paid an initial fee of £21million, which could rise to £29m, to sign the 23-year-old attacker and Hamann has no issue with the price value.

"I've not got a problem with the money Liverpool have paid for Firmino," he added.

"This is a Brazilian international whose best years are well ahead of him, not behind him. He's one of the up and coming stars in Brazil and I think he's worth it.

"Look at what other clubs are spending. To attract the best you have to pay big money.

"If Liverpool get £50million for Sterling and invest half that money in Firmino the club will have made their best business in a long time.

"To be honest, he's the type of player I thought Liverpool wouldn't be able to get without Champions League football. To get him is a real statement of intent and hopefully there will be two or three more big signings to come."


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