Roberto Firmino-Liverpool’s new star?

Liverpool have spent big money in this transfer window with the signing of Roberto Firmino, rumored to have signed for just under £30 million. The Brazilian had been playing his football in Germany for 1889 Hoffenheim but after an impressive season and breaking through into the international squad he has attracted attention from many big clubs including Liverpool’s historic rivals Manchester United. The big question being will he be successful. He does seem to fit the much needed role of a goalscorer at Anfield and could be a useful, cheaper replacement than Raheem Sterling who is heavily linked with a move away from the club. Before getting carried away this isn’t the first time Liverpool have spent big with little reward. The signing of Balotelli is yet to pay off and even at the cut price of 16 million, he is yet to justify that money. As well as this, a few years back in August 2009 however Liverpool spent just under £20 million on Alberto Aquilani who, like Firmino, was thought of as a highly rated attacking midfielder. However, due to being played out of position and a string of injuries he only played 28 times scoring just 2 goals for the Mersyside club. It could be a similar story for the Brazilian as from looking at stars like former Manchester United player Shinji Kagawa it isnt always easy to move to a big British club. Overall I do think this will be a good signing for Liverpool. He should be able to settle with his countrymen Lucas Levia and Philippe Coutinho being at the club and be given the freedom to roam in a role just behind a striker. What is clear though is the board are clearly backing Brenden Rodgers with money to spend to fight back into a Champions League spot.

Could Firmino flop similar to Aquilani?
Could Firmino flop similar to Aquilani?
Firmino celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the international friendly match between Brazil and Chile at the Emirates Stadium on March 29, 2015  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
Firmino celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the international friendly match between Brazil and Chile at the Emirates Stadium on March 29, 2015 (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

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