Former Liverpool midfielder Luis Garcia has warned Reds fans that Roberto Firmino will need time to adapt to the Premier League.
The Brazilian international was one of Liverpool’s marquee summer signings as he arrived from Hoffenheim for a £29m fee.
He has started the Anfield club’s last two games, having come off the bench for the first two matches of the season, but is yet to score.
Garcia knows the difficulties of settling into a new league, having played in Greece, Mexico and India after leaving Merseyside, and has encouraged the Kop to be patient with Firmino.
The Spaniard told the Liverpool Echo: “It’s not easy to come into the Premier League and adapt. I think that he’s a very good player but you have to give him time to adapt to the pace of the game, to the players, the different situations in games.
“He’s a player that wants to do things to change games, like Coutinho does at the moment.”
Garcia scored 30 goals in 122 games for Liverpool between 2004 and 2007, playing a part in their famous 2005 Champions League triumph and helping them to another European final two years later.
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