Bundesliga expert Jan Aage Fjortoft comments on Liverpool signing Roberto Firmino

1899 Hoffenheim - Borussia Dortmund 13.08.2011

Liverpool's transfer deal backed as great value for money.

Liverpool announced earlier today via their official website, the completion of the signing of Roberto Firmino, subject to medical.

The attacking midfielder will arrive for a fee worth £29 million from Hoffenheim, where his performances in the Bundesliga have earned him rave reviews and a call up to the Brazil squad.

Sky Germany pundit Jan Aage Fjortoft, a former Premier League footballer with Swindon Town, believes Liverpool have done well to pull off a deal for the attacker.

He took to his Twitter page to express his views on the signing, and why it has the chance to be a success.

A change in policy

Last season Liverpool signed a number of players but there were no superstars. Mario Balotelli was touted as one but his performances failed to back it up.

They attempted to sign Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona but lost out to Arsenal, and a lack of star power shone through in their performances when it mattered, losing the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley to Aston Villa for instance.

Firmino has no Champions League or even Europa League experience, but as a Brazil international he has star power, and the size of his fee shows how highly he is regarded.

Since Brendan Rodgers' arrival, Liverpool have spent small fees on players who did not pan out. Oussama Assaidi, Fabio Borini, Iago Aspas, Luis Alberto all examples.

This time as Fjortoft suggests - the shackles are off and he is spending big, and this time he has quality to show for it.

 

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