上海夜网论坛JY

Firmino is ‘the player Liverpool need’, says Reds legend

first_imgRoberto Firmino could be just the player Liverpool need, according to former Reds goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar.Liverpool have agreed a fee with Hoffenheim in the region of £29million for the 23-year-old, subject to a medical.Firmino, capped nine times for Brazil, made 151 appearances for the Bundesliga club, scoring 47 goals, and Grobbelaar admits it could represent a good piece of business with Raheem Sterling expected to join Manchester City for £50million.“Maybe it’s a lot of money, but Liverpool are going to get the funds from Raheem Sterling going to Manchester City – I hear he’s going for something ridiculous like £50m,” Grobbelaar told talkSPORT.“If Liverpool do get Firmino you are looking at half the cost for a player very similar to Sterling and at least he is scoring a lot more goals than him – he might be a signing we need.”Reds boss Brendan Rodgers received criticism last season for some of his signings and the pressure is mounting on the Northern Irishman with Liverpool’s difficult fixture list to start the season.But Grobbelaar explained that Rodgers should not shoulder all the blame and the Reds can recover from their start.“You have to look at the whole aspect – it’s not only Rodgers’ decision on players but someone behind the scenes completing the deals, so you can’t blame everything on Brendan,” he added.“The first ten games are very tough, but at least we are getting them all out of the way early. If Liverpool can get 18 points from 30, then we’ve done very well.”last_img read more