Firmino was discovered on Football Manager which led to his transfer to German club, Hoffenheim.
Firmino in December 2010 signed for Bundesliga side Hoffenheim, his first club in Europe from Brazil.
A football scout who played a major role in that transfer, Lutz Pfannenstiel has revealed that the forward was discovered on Football Manager.
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It was talkSPORT presenter Paul Hawksebee who put up the question in an interview.
“Lutz, you were saying with Firmino, you and a colleague found him [on Football Manager], did all the work on it and he went to Hoffenheim for £3.5m quid?”
Pfannenstiel confirmed that it was true and admitted that he was scared that the transfer fee was too much for the player.
“Yeah, '£3.5m roughly,” he replied.
“If you're getting a guy from the second league in Brazil, only 17 – 18-years-old.
“Straight away people think he needs to play in the first team directly.
“So people were saying you've paid that amount for a player who hasn't made it yet.
“In the end, we sold him for €42m plus [future] payments, so, in the end, I think we did it right.
“I think it's good scouting, definitely.”
This is Firmino’s second season at Liverpool and he has scored five goals in 10 games so far this season.