Roberto Firmino explains what he thought when he first heard of Liverpool's interest

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The new Liverpool signing has revealed what he thought when the club's interest was first made clear.

Liverpool player Roberto Firmino has been speaking to the club’s official website about his desire to make his first start for the Reds following his summer move from German club Hoffenheim.

The 23-year-old has made two substitute appearances for Liverpool so far, featuring for 12 minutes against Stoke City and 20 minutes against Bournemouth, but it will surely not be long before the Brazilian international is kicking off a match for Brendan Rodgers’ side.

Firmino arrived at Anfield with a big reputation having scored 49 goals and provided 36 assists in 153 games for the Bundesliga club, and Liverpool fans will be hoping he gets off the mark for his new club sooner rather than later.

Speaking to liverpoolfc.com, Firmino said, “I’m working hard towards that (starting a game). Obviously that is my aim, but there’s a healthy competition in the squad right now and the manager knows who should be starting games.

“So all I can do is keep on working so I will be ready when I am given the chance to start.”

The new Liverpool attacker also spoke about the prospect of playing with his countrymen Lucas Leiva and Philippe Coutinho.

The Brazilian trio could play a key role for Rodgers’ side this season – provided Lucas remains to play alongside the more attack-minded duo – and Firmino admitted the prospect of reuniting with them at club level interested him.

“I knew about Liverpool’s interest before the tournament (the Copa America),” he added. “And I instantly thought it would be an interesting idea for me because I knew Lucas and Coutinho were playing there.”

Firmino’s next chance to impress is when Liverpool take on Arsenal later today…and what better time to get his first goal since his move?

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