Reminiscing over Roberto Firmino’s best goals from the 2016/2017 proves to be a welcomed reminder of why Reds fans have grown to love the Brazilian so dearly.
Liverpool’s gloriously illusive striker was often at hand to provide some samba magic last season as he played an influential role in driving the team to a top four finish in the Premier League.
Last season saw the 25-year-old well and truly find his place at Anfield, consolidating his place as Jurgen Klopp’s first choice central striker and showcasing the traits that make him a perfect fit in the German’s system.
With sparkling performances, came some emphatic goals, all of which fuelled cries of ‘Bobby Firmino’ from the terraces. For many, his stunning winner against Stoke will have been his best goal of the season yet Firmino himself has opted for another one of his spectacular strikes.
“If you asked me for the best three goals I scored, I’d say Palace away in third place, the one at Stoke next, and then that second goal against Swansea,” he said in the official Liverpool FC magazine.
“We were 2-1 down when Gini [Wijnaldum] won the ball on the left and I realised that he was going to cross it. I had to react very quickly and I dominated the ball with my chest. My only thought then was to shoot straight away.”
“[They were] important goals but how we performed as a team was more important, adapting to games against difficult opponents away from home to get the right result.”
Though Firmino’s equaliser against Swansea was truly special, it would have been a whole lot better had Liverpool not lost the game. The control and the half-volley finish did, however, make it a goal that exhibited just how technically gifted he is.
That said, his effort against Stoke will undoubtedly live longer in the memories of the Reds for the relief, the emotion and the passion behind it, not to mention the wild celebrations that followed. Here’s to many more.