Roberto Firmino has revealed that he in no way fazed by the £29m Liverpool paid Hoffenheim for his signature.
The Brazilian signed for the Reds late last month and is, as things stand, their most expensive purchase of the transfer window – albeit Christian Benteke’s imminent £32.5m move will take that crown.
Such a large figure brings a certain level of scrutiny, and with Firmino having spent the bulk of his career with Hoffenheim – a midtable German side – the deal could be construed as somewhat of a risk on the Reds’ part.
However, the 23-year-old says that he does not feel added pressure and that the fee is merely proof of how much his new club value him:
“I see it rather as a recognition and confirmation.” He is quoted by the Liverpool Echo.
“I chose Liverpool because they have taken over a year for me. Right away, I had a good feeling. Of course, I did some research on the internet.
“It has already impressed me, the gigantic significance of the club worldwide. It is, next to Manchester United, the best known and most popular English club.”
Firmino also talked up the influence of Brazilian compatriot Philippe Coutinho, whom he played alongside at the Copa America this summer around the time his move to Liverpool was made official:
“Of course, we talked with the national team about Liverpool,” he said. “He has totally raved about the club.
“It will help me, sure. He’s my countryman and knows much already about the club, with which he can help me and make settling in easier. We understand each other well.”