Liverpool summer signing Roberto Firmino claims the club wanted him for over a year

Roberto Firmino claims that Liverpool wanted him over a year before his eventual move to Anfield.

Roberto Firmino has revealed to Bild that Liverpool had been attempting to secure his signature for “over a year” before he decided to join the Anfield outfit. 

The Brazil international joined the Reds from Hoffenheim for a fee that could rise to £29 million this summer, according to BBC Sport, but says he was convinced to join the club by their drawn out pursuit, which supposedly began before the 2014/15 campaign.

"I decided for Liverpool because they wanted me for over a year,” the 23-year-old told Bild. “There was a certain sympathy from the beginning and I had a good feeling from the start.

"I come to the best league in the world. I can grow there. Physically, it will be a new challenge due to the big number of games to be played with the five competitions.

"I am looking forward [to seeing] the fans at Anfield. I am already having goosebumps if I think of them singing 'You'll never walk alone'.”

Firmino arrives at the club as the second most expensive player in the club's history behind Andy Carroll, but he insists that he will not be weighed down by his transfer fee.

When talking about his price-tag, he said "I don’t see my fee as burden. Rather as an appreciation and a compliment.”

Firmino scored seven goals and weighed in with 10 assists in his final season for Hoffenheim, finishing the campaign as the club's most creative player.

He becomes the third Brazilian in Brendan Rodgers‘ first-team squad, joining Lucas and star playmaker Philippe Coutinho, with whom he is expected to forge a formidable creative partnership.

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