At the beginning of the weekend, it just seemed like another deal that was destined for failure, but after hammering out the final details with Roberto Firmino’s representatives over night, Liverpool have been able to confirm that the 23-year old has agreed to a long term contract with the club subject to a medical.
Although the club has been silent thus far on their dealings this summer, the Brazilian is set to become the Reds second most expensive signing in their history with a fee somewhere around £29mil agreed with the Bundesliga side for his services and he’ll follow the likes of James Milner, Danny Ings, Adam Bogdan and youngster Joe Gomez in joining the Anfield outfit this summer.
Heading into the end of what was a disappointing season for the club, Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers hinted that the club would look to bring in quality over quantity this summer, but so far they’ve been operating on both fronts with the capture of Firmino a statement that will be heard loud and clear from their Premier League rivals. While the fee might seem a bit excessive, for a team that’s sitting outside of the Champions League and looking to push their way back in, it looks like a necessary evil for a player that’s only improving.
The Brazilian, if he settles quickly on Merseyside, will certainly give them a leg-up in their troubles in front of the net. His 47 goals in 151 appearances for Hoffenheim is impressive in itself, but the fact that he’s created more chances than any other player in the Bundesliga for two seasons running is even more exciting. While we’re still yet to see just how our squad will shape up at the start of the season, there’s no question that Firmino looks to be a solid addition that could end up being £29mil well spent.