Willian: I'll help Firmino to adapt to Liverpool

Though he has signed for a Premier League rival, the Brazil international will have plenty of support as he gets used to life at Anfield, promises the Chelsea forward

Chelsea star Willian has pledged to help new Liverpool signing Roberto Firmino to adapt to the Premier League.

The Reds confirmed on Wednesday their acquisition of the Hoffenheim forward for a fee beginning at £21.3 million (€31m) up front, which could rise to as much as £28m (€39m).

And though his fellow Brazil international will be playing on opposite sides when the top flight kicks off in August, the 26-year-old is ready to do what he can for his colleague, whom he expects to prove a fine signing for Brendan Rodgers’s side.

“He’s a great player. He knows how to score. He’s strong,” Willian told reporters of Firmino on Wednesday.

“Obviously, British football is played differently. It’s very quick and aggressive and it is tough to adapt there but he has everything in order to make that change.

“As far as I’m concerned – and other players like Philippe Coutinho, who will also play with him – we will try to help him with his transition to Liverpool.”

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