Markus Babbel describes why Roberto Firmino is perfect for Liverpool

The ex Liverpool defender has high hopes for the club's new Brazilian striker, despite what he deems to be a 'brutal' transfer fee.

Former Liverpool and Germany defender Markus Babbel has been discussing the style of play Reds fans can expect to see from their new signing Roberto Firmino, who joined the club earlier this week from Hoffenheim, in an interview with Bild.

Babbel said that he feels the attacker is perfectly suited to joining the Premier League, especially factoring in how flamboyant his play is, with the 23-year-old adopting a disciplined approach more befitting what supporters expect from German players than from Brazilians.

"He is an atypical Brazilian, more German than many Germans. Roberto is disciplined, has enormous assertiveness," Babbel told Bild.

"Roberto does not complain when he is fouled. He is not an actor, he stands up again. That is beneficial in England, because that is what English fans like to see."

The 42-year-old spent four years in the Premier League with Liverpool and briefly with Blackburn, so is particularly well placed to judge the differences between the two divisions and the supporters that come to matches.

One thing Babbel did mention when it came to Firmino's move was the size of the transfer fee, telling Bild that the deal, rumoured to be starting at £22 million but going all the way up to nearly £30 million, was a 'brutal' some of money.

"When I heard that I flinched," Babbel said of the amount. "Because even for Liverpool that is not chicken feed.

"He is under a certain pressure with this weight on his shoulders.

"Finishing sixth is not the goal of Liverpool, you have to win trophies. This is the major challenge for Roberto. "

Firmino has so far dealt well shouldering the responsibility of his clubs, and the Brazil international, who is currently at the Copa America in Chile, scored 10 goals and assisted 12 for Hoffenheim last year.

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