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Rodgers: No pressure on Firmino

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has attempted to alleviate some of the pressure on Roberto Firmino ahead of his debut Premier League season.

Firmino was confirmed as a Liverpool player last month, joining from Bundesliga side Hoffenheim for a fee which it is believed could rise to between £25million and £30m.

With Raheem Sterling seemingly set for a switch to Manchester City, Firmino will be tasked with helping to fill the attacking void left by the England international.

“He’s a top-class player,” said Rodgers. “He’s obviously played in Europe, so he understands and played in a very good league.

“Of course, there is no pressure.

“He’ll come into the Premier League and Lucas [Leiva] knows as well as anyone as a fellow Brazilian that coming in, it just takes that little bit of time to adapt.

“He’s got all the traits and the profile of what we would want as a player – he works very, very hard, he’s a talented player and someone we feel can score goals for the team.

“I’m really excited and looking forward to him coming in.”

Mon 13 Jul, 2015
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