Roberto Firmino signed on this day in 2015

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Written by: Daniel Ghorbal @danghorbal

On this day in 2015, Liverpool signed Brazilian forward Roberto Firmino from Hoffenheim for a fee of around £29 million. The club were in desperate need for a centre forward or two after Luis Suarez’s departure and Daniel Sturridge being so injury prone.

Christian Benteke and Firmino were the men selected to replace Suarez and Sturridge, big boots to fill with the latter scoring a combined 54 goals in the 13/14 season. 4 years on from Benteke and Firmino’s arrival, their careers have certainly gone down different pathways, and with Benteke out the door after just a season, Firmino’s impact has been substantial to say the least.

It wasn’t until the 16/17 season before we saw what Bobby was all about. Jurgen Klopp implemented a 4-3-3 system with Firmino as his focal point, playing the false 9 role.

Although he only scored 12 goals in all competitions, his contribution to the side was integral, chasing down loose balls and his awareness/vision to link with fellow teammates. Roberto Firmino did the dirty work at the highest standard. He isn’t what you’d call an old-fashioned centre-forward but he is a managers dream.

The following season, with Liverpool competing in the Champions League, Bobby showed the world what he is all about. 27 goals in 54 appearances was a good return for a man who shone brightly in an exciting Liverpool side. With 11 of those goals in the Champions League, Firmino’s contributions in that competition were immense, both on and off the ball.

At this stage, he was a real fans favourite and starting to grab the attention of fans across the World. Some of Firmino’s flicks and skills were eye-catching to watch, and as well as his invigorating flair, Bobby assisted Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane on multiple occasions throughout the season. Not only does he possess immense qualities, Firmino is the complete team player and has proved to be an astute signing since his arrival to the club 4 seasons ago.

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Last season certainly wasn’t Firmino’s most productive in a red shirt, but that is simply down to the standards he set himself in the previous campaign, and our number 9’s contributions were still as valuable as ever. 16 goals in 48 matches, working out at a ratio of a goal every 3 games isn’t the greatest for a man of Firmino’s calibre, and at stages he certainly wasn’t himself but he came up with many key moments in the season that outlined his importance to the cause, with his last-minute winner against Paris Saint-Germain standing out the most.

A Champions League winners medal was the cherry on top for what has been a hugely successful Liverpool career thus far. Firmino is only 27 and with 61 goals in 192 appearances he undoubtedly has the potential to place himself into the bracket of famous Liverpool strikers amongst the likes of Rush, Fowler and others. Give the ball to Bobby and he will score.

Written by: Daniel Ghorbal @danghorbal

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