Brendan Rodgers: Liverpool signing can help make us more prolific
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is confident the Reds can improve on last season's Premier League tally
Brendan Rodgers believes Liverpool midfielder Roberto Firmino will make the Reds more prolific in the Premier League next season.
The Merseyside outfit managed to score just 52 times in 38 top-flight games last season after Rodgers’s side had managed 101 goals in the 2013/14 campaign with Luis Suarez leading the front-line.
Young Firmino coming in has got experience of European football and is just starting to make his mark on the Brazilian squad and is a player on the way up
Liverpool suffered a blow to their strike-force last week after Raheem Sterling finally moved to Manchester City in a £49m deal from the Merseyside outfit.
However, Liverpool manager Rodgers is confident the addition of Firmino in a £29m deal from Bundesliga side Hoffenheim can transform the Reds into a more dangerous side.
“When I first came here, we lacked goals,” said Rodgers. “I made it clear at the time that we needed to score more goals if we were going to challenge.
“Of course, the season when we were runners-up we ended up with 101 goals. Last year we didn’t score enough goals.
“But this is a new team; the ideas and philosophies are the same but we’re bringing in players that can really threaten the goal again and have a group of those. That’s something that’s exciting me.
“Young Firmino coming in has got experience of European football and is just starting to make his mark on the Brazilian squad and is a player on the way up.”
Firmino scored 47 goals in 151 appearances in league and cup for the German club following his move from Figueirense in December 2010.
He joins the 18-time English champions after a four-year stay at Bundesliga outfit Hoffenheim.
Firmino is one of six summer signings at Anfield after the Reds snapped up James Milner, Danny Ings, Adam Bogdan, Joe Gomez and Nathaniel Clyne.