Liverpool have beaten off arch rivals Manchester United to land Hoffenheim forward Roberto Firmino on a deal thought to be around £28m.
Naturally, the news has sparked pure excitement among Reds fans, the kind only experienced on Christmas morning or when almost winning the Premier League.
However, such exhilaration wasn’t widespread, as a scan through Twitter proved.
Here’s the best of the reaction to the transfer:
The club themselves sparked the meltdown, announcing the transfer at 6:58 AM (!) this morning.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 24, 2015
The BBC’s Ben Smith provided all the financial details.
Initial fee #LFC have paid for Firmino is £22m. Rising to £29m. He has signed a 5yr deal. Medical after Copa America
— Ben Smith (@BenSmithBBC) June 24, 2015
But it didn’t sound like Jamie Carragher knew much about the player.
Come on hipsters what’s Firmino like?!!
— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) June 23, 2015
The rest of Merseyside, however, seemed to allow their imaginations to run wild at the thought of Firmino’s arrival.
When Firmino’s confirmed https://t.co/fVlAMejyMU
— Kristian vS Hæhre (@vonstrenginho) June 24, 2015
While some danced, others predicted the title.
(LFC sign Firmino / RAWK member gets carried away) Can anyone photoshop firmino holding the premier league title? (For My Twitter)
— RAWK Meltdown (@RAWK_Meltdown) June 24, 2015
Some even named him as Luis Suarez’s replacement.
— My Surname is Khan™ (@ejaz_k) June 24, 2015
On the other side of the fence, people pondered whether Liverpool, in typical Liverpool fashion, had overpaid somewhat.
29mill for Firmino puts into perspective the absolute steal £32 mill was for Alexis. #levels
— Kaashif (@Kaashif_92) June 24, 2015
Let’s all put the Firmino transfer into perspective. £29 million for him. Hazard was only £32m in 2012.
— Chris (@Chris_EH_JM_CFC) June 24, 2015
Some meanies just wanted to flat out burst Liverpool’s bubble.
Brazilian forwards who have two names are never as good as the ones with one name. Just saying. The extra word is extra weight.
— Alex Bellos (@alexbellos) June 24, 2015
— Ed Malyon (@eaamalyon) June 23, 2015
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