Liverpool have signed another impressive player but where will he fit into their starting line-up?
Liverpool have been busy in the summer transfer market, bringing in a number of players to strengthen across the pitch, but their latest signing is easily the pick of the bunch.
It is a hefty outlay for the 23-year-old Brazilian, but given his talent in front of goal it could prove to be a master-stroke. And yet the big question is: Where exactly will he feature considering the players already on Liverpool’s books?
Firmino is predominantly an attacking midfielder although he can also operate as a secondary striker or a left winger if required…while he featured twice as a centre forward for Hoffenheim last season.
The latter position is also where he has featured for Brazil in their Copa America campaign to date, playing ahead of Neymar and more recently his new Liverpool teammate Philippe Coutinho.
That versatility is sure to have been a key reason behind Liverpool’s interest and it could well be that Rodgers sees him as a player for all occasions – someone who will not feature specifically in one area of the field all season but will instead be utilised differently depending on the opponent.
If Liverpool want to get the best out of him – and that is to see the player who has scored 32 goals and provided 18 assists in his last two seasons in Germany – then he should be played as an attacking midfielder, ideally just behind Daniel Sturridge.
But that could negate the impact of Coutinho and Rodgers has a tough but welcome problem on his hands in that regard.
Firmino’s flexibility also means he could develop a fine partnership with Sturridge up front, with Coutinho supplying the ammunition behind them, and it could be Adam Lallana who ultimately suffers in terms of who is likely to be dropped.
In short, Liverpool have just completed a wonderful piece of business, and the goals could well be back in full force for the Reds come August.