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Liverpool fans excited for reported £29m deal for Roberto Firmino

Liverpool are reported to be close to tying up a £29 million deal for Brazil international Roberto Firmino — and Reds fans are going mad for him.

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Sky Sports initially broke the news on Tuesday night that Liverpool have agreed a deal with Hoffenheim for the 23-year-old.

This was quickly corroborated by a number of journalists and news outlets, with Reds’ chief executive Ian Ayre said to be flying to Chile to finalise the deal.

Should Liverpool pull off the move, Firmino would no doubt be seen as a very positive statement of intent by the club, particuarly so early in the summer transfer window.

Firmino scored seven goals in 33 Bundesliga appearances for Hoffenheim during 2014/15, creating 69 chances, according to Squawka.

BBC Sport’s South American correspondent Tim Vickery speaks highly of the attacking midfielder.

“He was unknown to nearly all in Brazil when first called up last November,” Vickery tweeted. “Since then he’s played 9 games for Brazil, 5 of them as a sub, scoring 4.

“I’ve been very impressed, mobile and versatile, up top or dropping off, shoots well from range and can score poacher’s goals, combines well.

“A shy lad – Brazilian media laughing at his press conference today when he answered 18 questions without saying anything. Has adapted well to Germany, clearly, so why not Liverpool? Bar higher now, though.”

The news has delighted Liverpool fans around the world who are keeping everything crossed the deal is completed without any hiccups.

We’ve rounded up some of the best reactions from Twitter below. Let us know your thoughts on the potential arrival of Firmino in the comments section below or @thisisanfield.

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