Aurelio backs Firmino to be success


    Former Liverpool defender Fabio Aurelio has backed Roberto Firmino to be a hit at Anfield.

    Firmino5Firmino moved to Anfield last week in a deal that could be worth £29m to German club Hoffenheim.

    And Brazilian Aurelio is happy to see his compatriot arrive at the club.

    “He is used to living in Europe having spent the last few years in Germany.” he told

    “So it won’t be that difficult for him because he’ll have the help of two Brazilians that are already there in the Liverpool squad. He is used to European football as well, so I believe that he will adapt very quickly.

    “My own experience was coming from another team in Europe — Valencia. I spent six years there before I joined Liverpool. So it wasn’t as difficult.”

    Aurelio has backed Firmino to avoid issues over the pace of the game in England after his experience of playing in the German Bundesliga.

    “Lucas had that problem; when he first arrived at Liverpool.” the former Reds defender said.

    “He came straight from Brazil and a very different competition and a different rhythm of game. He suffered a lot in his first two years, then once he adapted to it he became the player we all know.

    “But I think Firmino will have an easier way than Lucas and more similar to me, because he is coming from a European team with a few years already there and is used to the weather. He shouldn’t have many problems to adapt.

    “He is a very promising player. He has had quick progress in his career, especially in the past two years.

    “Of course, now a few good appearances with the national team have increased the interest of many, many clubs.

    “But Liverpool, because of its history and he already knows. It made the difference to make the decision to join Liverpool.

    “He is a good finisher and a clever player, he knows how to move well behind the lines and find good spaces behind defenders as well, to have clear options to score.

    “But not only that, he can also give various assists to other players. So I think Liverpool have signed a very promising player that could improve a lot together with the club.” he concluded.

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