Liverpool fans are waiting patiently for a chance to see Roberto Firmino in competitive action, but the Brazilian has already made a strong impression on his new teammates in training.

The No. 11 arrived on Merseyside last month after the Reds had swooped earlier in the summer to secure the attacker’s signature from German side Hoffenheim.

Philippe Coutinho played a part in ensuring his compatriot chose Anfield, using their time shared at the Copa America to explain exactly what Firmino could expect.

The 23-year-old featured for the first team during the friendly win at Swindon Town last weekend as Brendan Rodgers’ side build towards Sunday’s season opener against Stoke City. And, according to Coutinho, he has wasted no time in exhibiting his talent at Melwood either, exciting a reshaped squad determined to improve on 2014-15.

“Firmino is a great player and character — he was thoroughly welcomed by everyone in the dressing room,” Coutinho told Liverpoolfc.com. “We can notice his skills by watching him in training.

“He’s a very intelligent player and everybody is glad about how he’s settled into the squad. I’m sure he will be of great help to Liverpool and will bring joy to our supporters.

“Everybody is looking forward to the start of the league and we’re all keen to see him and all of the new boys on the pitch.”

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