Roy Evans excited by Liverpool's capture of Roberto Firmino

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The former Anfield manager is feeling buoyant after the Reds announced the signing of the Brazil international earlier this week.

Former Liverpool manage Roy Evans has told the club’s official website that he is excited by the imminent arrival of Roberto Firmino.

The Reds completed the signing of the Brazilian forward from Hoffenheim earlier in the week, with the 23-year-old set to join up with the club once he has finished international duty with Brazil at the Copa America.

After securing free transfers for the likes of James Milner, Danny Ings and Adam Bogdan, he look set to be the club’s big summer signing, and Evans is particularly excited to see him turning out for his old side.

“I'm quite excited, myself!” he told Liverpoolfc.com

“He seems to have a really good record, scores goals and does a good job from midfield so I'm really pleased. It looks as if he's got a bit of steel about him so he can get the ball back and going forward he can create chances and score goals.”

A struggle to adapt?

While the Bundesliga is certainly not an easy league to play in, English football is an entirely different beast, with some fearing Firmino may fail to adapt to the rigors of the Premier League.

Evans has no such fears, though, suggesting instead that coming from Europe, rather than a move straight from Brazil, will help the player.

“When we bought Luis Suarez he had been in Holland and played there and I think that gives you a real start, even with the culture side of things,” he added.

"If you're a great player you can come and adapt to whichever club you come to. Liverpool is a great club, he'll have understood that and done his homework.”

Whether or not Firmino fails to adapt in England remains to be seen, but he certainly appears to possess the quality required to be a success in the Premier League.

What he may struggle with is the expectation now being placed upon him. With Hoffenheim the expectations were relatively low, but at Anfield he will not only be expected to be the star man, but also help the side return to the Champions League once again.

That could prove to be a bigger burden than anything else, with the Reds fans expecting a much better showing from their troops next season than they were offered last year.

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