Liverpool learning from Willian and Salah disasters with £15m playmaker bid

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Liverpool have reportedly opened talks over a move for Hoffenheim playmaker Roberto Firmino - which could cost up to £20m.

The Reds may have let the title slip out of the grasp after poor results against Chelsea and Crystal Palace, but with Champions League football returning to Anfield, fans can be optimistic ahead of the new season. In order to cope with the rigours of playing in the Premier League and in Europe, manager Brendan Rodgers has to strengthen his squad.

Having missed out on the signings of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Willian, Mohamed Salaha and Yevhen Konoplyanka over the last twelve months, it's clear that Rodgers is determined to bring in more attacking midfield help alongside Philippe Coutinho and Raheem Sterling, despite the young duo impressing this season.

It appears that Rodgers' new primary target is Hoffenheim's Brazilian star Firmino, who enjoyed a superb season in the Bundesliga. With 16 goals and 11 assists from attacking midfield, Firmino established himself as one of the finest playmakers in the Bundesliga over the course of the season.

As a result, plenty of teams have been linked with swoops for the Brazilian, with Chelsea reportedly poised to compete with Liverpool for his signature - just as they did for Willian and Salah, which were races that they of course won last summer and in January respectively.

However, it seems Rodgers has learned his lesson from those transfer failings by making the first move for Firmino. It's believed that Liverpool will open the bidding with a £15m offer, but the Reds could go up to as much as £20m in order to land the 22-year-old midfielder.

The talented Brazilian would join compatriot Philippe Coutinho in trying to break into the Liverpool side, but if they do land him for around £20m, they will surely hand him a key role in the side.

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