Coutinho relishing Firmino link-up at Liverpool

The Anfield star believes his countryman’s talent and eye for goal will make him a real asset on Merseyside as Brendan Rodgers hopes to get his squad back into the top four

Philippe Coutinho believes Brazil team-mate Roberto Firmino will be a a big success alongside him at Liverpool next season.

Firmino completed a move to Anfield in a deal rising to £28 million on Wednesday after an impressive season with Hoffenheim that saw him notch seven goals and 10 assists in 33 Bundesliga appearances.

And Coutinho – who is currently playing alongside Firmino for Brazil at the Copa America – is confident his countryman will light up the Premier League.

“I think it is great news,” he told Liverpool’s official website. “Firmino is a great player and obviously I know him from the Brazilian national team. He is a great character and person.

“He is strong physically, he is fast, agile, very skilful on the ball and he scores a lot of goals – he is a great forward. I am sure he will be of great help to us next season.

“After hearing the news, I said to him ‘welcome to Liverpool’ and I have told him that he will be coming into a club that is like a family – I made sure to tell him that. I have also wished him a great and very successful first season at Liverpool.

“I’m very much looking forward to playing and starting the new season alongside Firmino at Liverpool. I am looking forward to not only playing for Liverpool again, but trying to help us get into a position to win trophies.

“As I said, I am very happy he has signed for Liverpool – but not only him, all of the other signings we’ve made recently as well. I’m sure all of these new players are coming in to make our team even stronger for the new season.

“I can’t wait to start the Premier League season. I am very hopeful things will go well for us on the pitch this season.”

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