English Premiership

Firmino makes bright start

2015-08-03 12:30
Roberto Firmino made his Liverpool debut against Swindon Town (LFC Twitter)

London- Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has expressed his delight with Roberto Firmino after the Brazilian forward made his first-team debut in the club's final warm-up match before the new Premier League season.

Signed from German club Hoffenheim, Firmino played for more than an hour.

"You see his quality," Rodgers said.

"He is really bright on the ball, has got wonderful technique and has got the ability to want to get forward and score a goal."

If Liverpool are to improve on last season's disappointing sixth place finish, the most obvious change needs to be in the number of goals scored.

A total of 52 was a poor return and, even before losing England forward Raheem Sterling to Manchester City, Rodgers made the recruitment of attacking players his priority, knowing that injury-prone striker Daniel Sturridge will miss the opening months of the season.

As well as Belgian international Christian Benteke and Firmino, he has also signed Danny Ings from Burnley and recalled Divock Origi from a season-long loan at Lille.

Despite the departure of talismanic captain Steven Gerrard to LA Galaxy, Rodgers believes Liverpool are in good shape for Sunday's opening fixture, when they return to the scene of a 6-1 defeat in the final match of last season at Stoke City.

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