Roberto Firmino has revealed his three favourite goals from the 2016/17 season and also spoke of his excitement to play in Europe again.
Last season, Roberto Firmino scored 12 goals for Liverpool as the Brazilian cemented his place in Jürgen Klopp’s side as one of the Reds’ best players.
Many supporters will point at Firmino’s stunning volley against Stoke City in April as his best of the season. The technique required to score from 30 yards on the half-volley to win Liverpool the game was truly impressive and yet, it’s not the Brazilian’s favourite goal of the season.
“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 states in the new edition of the official Liverpool FC magazine.
Firmino continued, “We were 2-1 down when Gini 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.”
Liverpool are a two-legged playoff away from a place in next season’s UEFA Champions League and Firmino was vital to the Reds beating Arsenal to fourth place in the Premier League.
Yet, the former Hoffenheim midfielder rejects the notion that he had any more to do with Liverpool’s success than his teammates did.
On the importance of his strikes for Liverpool, Firmino said, “[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.
“It was great to reach the last game and have something important to play for. Last season it was sad that we had no European games but we worked hard and now we’re really looking forward to them next season.
“We’ll have more games to play but, as I’ve said before, I would play twice a week if I could. It shows the team is moving in the right direction.”
After a short summer break, Liverpool will prepare for the 2017/18 season with a pre-season tour of Hong Kong and Germany. Firmino, as he always is, will be raring to go for Liverpool and is up for the task that awaits Liverpool next season.