Coutinho & Firmino makes Liverpool's midfield one of Europe's most exciting – Ronaldinho

The World Cup winner says it is a “big achievement” for the Reds to have brought the pair together, believing the duo can lead the Anfield outfit back into the Champions League


Ronaldinho believes Philippe Coutinho and new signing Roberto Firmino give Liverpool “one of the most exciting midfields in Europe”.

The Brazil international, who is currently at the Copa America with his new domestic team-mate, was confirmed as Brendan Rodgers’s fifth summer signing for a deal worth up to £28 million (€41m) on Wednesday.

Firmino scored 10 goals and provided a further 12 assists for Hoffenheim last season, with Coutinho boasting nine and five respectively, and Ronaldinho feels the 23-year-old’s arrival is a “sign of intent” by Liverpool.

“For Liverpool to have Coutinho and Firmino is a big achievement for them,” Ronaldinho is quoted as saying by The Mirror. “It is going to give them one of the most exciting midfields in Europe.

“The creativity, intelligence and goals they have between them can change Liverpool as a team. It is a big sign of intent. Those two in midfield gives them a big chance to qualify for the Champions League next season.

“It is a dream for the Liverpool strikers to have that sort of service. If you can’t score goals in a team with Coutinho and Firmino in midfield then you won’t score goals in any team. They will create so many chances.”

Rodgers has wasted no time in strengthening his squad following last season’s disappointing fifth-placed finish and Steven Gerrard’s exit, also adding James Milner, Danny Ings, Adam Bogdan and Joe Gomez to his ranks.

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