Liverpool new boy Roberto Firmino has told the club’s official website that he’s confident of being able to fit into the style of English football.
The Reds made a big statement when they signed the Brazilian from Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga and the player is confident that he will be able to dodge the challenge, which faces any player coming into the Premier League for the first time.
“I am, without a doubt (confident of adapting). German football, where I've played for nearly five years, is very similar – maybe just a little less tough than English football. I'm confident I'll be just fine here,” he told liverpoolfc.com.
What does Firmino need to be wary of?
The pace and aggression of Premier League football is much greater than in the Bundesliga.
The intensity is much higher and there are no games where any player can relax because the team at the bottom of the table could end up giving Liverpool their toughest match of the season.
The physical nature of the league may also come as a little bit of a shock and it’s important he works hard on his core strength to counter opponents if they decide to focus on him.
The fans are also going to be important, especially if the player struggles to find his feet over the opening few weeks of the season.
“I can't wait to step out onto the pitch with my right foot and give my best to the team and my teammates. I'm looking forward to having goosebumps when I hear the fans singing those chants before the game,” he added.
He’s ready to be inspired by the support base, who could provide him with a much needed lift if his confidence starts to take a dip.