Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho believes that signing Roberto Firmino from Hoffenheim could turn out to be a masterstroke from Brendan Rodgers and could lead them back to scaling the heights they did in the 2013/14 season.
The Reds finished the season in second spot, two points behind Manchester City and were on the verge of their maiden league title in over two decades. However, it all broke down following the departure of Luis Suarez, who left the club for Barcelona in the corresponding summer, where he has won the treble, vindicating his decision to pursue his career abroad.
However, the Reds were left in no man's land, struggling to score goals following the unavailability of Daniel Sturridge, who was ridden with a series of injuries over the course of the season. They finished the season in sixth spot and will compete in the Europa League next season.
Rodgers has been very active in the market this season, making five signings already and is on the verge of securing a deal with Southampton for Nathaniel Clyne. However, his prime concern remains the attack, where he will be hoping that Firmino can live up to the optimism that Coutinho is pouring forth on his arrival.
"I think it is great news. Firmino is a great player and obviously I know him from the Brazilian national team. He is a great character and person," Coutinho told Liverpool's official website.
"He is strong physically, he is fast, agile, very skilful on the ball and he scores a lot of goals - he is a great forward. I am sure he will be of great help to us next season.
"After hearing the news, I said to him 'welcome to Liverpool' and I have told him that he will be coming into a club that is like a family - I made sure to tell him that.
"I have also wished him a great and very successful first season at Liverpool," he concluded.