Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino has expressed his happiness with life in the Premier League and in particular, Anfield.
The Brazilian is currently in his second season at the club, having signed from German Bundesliga club Hoffenheim last year and has fully established himself as a fan and manager’s favourite.
Unsurprisingly enough, he initially took some time to settle in and even admits he had to change his style of play given the great contrast of English football to other European leagues, that, though, hasn’t been a worry for Firmino.
“I think I have had to change the way I play,” Firmino told the latest edition of the official Liverpool FC magazine, according to the club’s official website.
“I was adapted to European football after playing in Germany for three years but English football is very different to the Bundesliga.
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“You really notice that the Premier League is much, much faster – the pace is very high and you do need to adjust, but this is a type of football that I enjoy.”
Over the past years, Reds fans have seen the club’s players develop into some of England and indeed Europe’s best talents. Whilst this has given the Merseyside club top status, they’ve struggled to maintain it due to those stars eventually leaving for greater prospects, with Liverpool pocketing large amounts of cash as a result.
Firmino may not be of the same level of quality as most of those players but the 25-year-old is growing in importance to Jürgen Klopp’s side, meaning that talks linking him with some of Europe’s giants are more inevitable than unavoidable.
Firmino’s response to that?
“Being really honest, I love it here and plan to stay for many years in the future as the Premier League is really competitive and tests you all the time.”
Having ended his first season at Liverpool as the club’s leading league scorer, the man affectionately known by fans as ‘Bobby’ is well on his way to matching and maybe even improving on that tally of ten goals, as he’s already netted five league goals, with a sixth coming in the EFL Cup.
£82 million release clause or not, Reds fans will surely enjoy having ‘Bobby’ around for the long run as his creative skill-set, tireless efforts, goals and a brilliant smile will remain on display at Anfield.