Jamie Carragher has warned Liverpool fans not to get overexcited about the signing of Roberto Firmino.
Brazilian international midfielder Firmino joined the Reds in a £29m deal from Hoffenheim last month.
The Kop seem to be optimistic that the 23-year-old, who scored 49 goals in 153 appearances while in Germany, can be the man to reenergise Anfield in the post-Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez era.
But Carragher is aware that for every Suarez there is an Alberto Aquilani – a highly-rated Italian midfielder who made just nine league starts for Liverpool after his £17m arrival from Roma in 2009.
He wrote in the Daily Mail: “Though 95 per cent of Liverpool supporters have never seen Firmino in action – YouTube doesn’t count – they believe he is already on his way to becoming an icon.
“He comes from Brazil, his style is similar to Luis Suarez’s and his form for Hoffenheim was brilliant, leaving fans saying: ‘Imagine what he’ll be like for us!’
“That is the mystique of buying players from abroad. Firmino could well be another Suarez; he could also be another Alberto Aquilani.”
Carragher played 737 times for the first team during his 19-year playing career at Anfield, making him Liverpool’s second leading appearance maker in history behind only Ian Callaghan, who has 857.
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