In the 2015 summer transfer window Brendan Rodgers seemed completely intent on bolstering his options at centre-forward as he moved into the transfer market to sign Danny Ings, Christian Benteke and Roberto Fimrino.
Liverpool supporters were familiar with both Ings and Benteke following their stints in the Premier League with Burnley and Aston Villa respectively, but Firmino was relatively unknown in comparison.
Firmino arrived from Hoffenheim in a deal worth £29 million following a season in which he notched 10 goals and provided 12 assists from 36 appearances.
A handful of the supporters expressed their reservations about Firmino’s ability to slot into the Liverpool side and thrive in English football, but the vast majority expressed their delight at his arrival after the club officially announced the transfer on Twitter.
@LFC Firmino baby! Top 4 should be a comfortable breeze now. Announce Bacca/Rondon next.
— Rougéz (@dboetan7i) June 24, 2015
Best Brazilian in the history of the Premier League.
— (@AnfieldAn) April 15, 2018
— David (@PurdyDavid) June 24, 2015
@LFC well done Ian and the team
— Danny Miller (@DannyBMiller) June 24, 2015
— ivl (@ItsDaSituasian) June 24, 2015
— Raka F (@Rakafries) June 24, 2015
— Matti Kingston (@MattiKingston) June 24, 2015
Firmino struggled to adapt to his new surroundings at Anfield during the first half of his debut season as he only managed to score once prior to the turn of the year, but he hasn’t looked back since he scored a brace against Arsenal on 13th January 2016.
The elusive attacker has established himself as a complete centre-forward with the ability to either drop deep or play off the shoulder of the last defender, create, poach, hold the ball up and glide past defenders with quick-witted dribbling.
‘Bobby’ Firmino has endeared himself to the Reds faithful on his way to a prolific record of 52 goals and 41 assists from 149 Liverpool appearances and it’s fair to say the initial hype which surrounded his arrival has been justified through his performances on the field of play.
Such is the admiration for Firmino that Liverpool supporters are well within their rights to build a case which argues the Brazil international is the best centre-forward in the league right now, although Man City fans might have something to say about that.
Either way there’s no doubt Firmino has been an inspired signing and at just £29 million he’s proven to be an absolute bargain.
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