5 Times Roberto Firmino Saved Liverpool

“Give him the ball and he’ll score every time” sing The Kop about our Brazilian number 9, and he’s lived up to the hype on plenty of occasions. Roberto Firmino is a big game player in its most pure form, when Liverpool need an important goal- look no further than Bobby.

Here are 5 times our number 9 has saved our skin…

5) Arsenal 3-3 Liverpool (17/18)

Liverpool found themselves 2-0 up at the Emirates in December 2017 after goals from Mohamed Salah and Phillipe Coutinho, until some questionable goalkeeping and lacklustre defending allowed Arsenal to turn the game on its head in the space of 5 minutes.

3-2 down away at a big 6 rival and The Reds were in desperate need of a hero, and up stepped Roberto Firmino. Bobby’s effort in the 71st minute scrambled though Petr Cech’s arms and saved a vital point on the road for Liverpool.

4) Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-2 Liverpool (19/20)

Late winners in tight games have become a staple of Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side, with The Reds picking up points in the last 10 minutes of games more than any other Premier League club in recent years.

Wolves have a habit of taking points from title contenders, and Liverpool’s clash at Molineux looked to be heading in a similar direction. Liverpool’s early lead had been cancelled out by a Raúl Jiménez equalizer until Bobby Firmino stepped up once again.

3) Monterrey 1-2 Liverpool (19/20)

Liverpool’s Champions League triumph in the 18/19 season landed them a spot at the 2019 Club World Cup. With the European team always being the favourite in the competition, the pressure was on.

Klopp’s side found themselves level after a Monterrey equalizer in the 14th minute and were struggling to break the Mexican side down. Bobby was substituted on in the 85th minute to replace Divock Origi and took just 6 minutes to put Liverpool into the Club World Cup final with a 91st-minute winner.

2) Liverpool 1-0 Flamengo (19/20)

Once again, the Club World Cup was on the line in the dying minutes for Liverpool. Brazilian champions, Flamengo, held the champions of Europe at bay for 99 minutes in the cup final until Roberto Firmino sunk his fellow countrymen with a goal with the last kick of the game, crowning Liverpool champions of the world.

1) Liverpool 3-2 Paris Saint Germain (18/19)

The 18/19 Champions League campaign ultimately saw Klopp’s side being crowned as champions of Europe, but it could very easily have ended for Liverpool in the group stages.

The Reds were drawn into a difficult group as they were in pot 2 in the group stage draw, leaving them in direct competition with Paris Saint Germain, Napoli, and Red Star Belgrade. Liverpool’s first game of the competition was at home against the French champions, and vital points were on the line. The Reds found themselves 2-1 up at half time, but PSG managed to get back in the game in the 83rd minute through Kylian Mbappé.

Shared points seemed to be the most likely conclusion until Klopp’s last roll of the dice paid off. Roberto Firmino was brought on in the 72nd minute after sustaining an eye injury the weekend before, and with just one eye- Bobby scored the winner in the 91st minute in front of the Anfield Road end.