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Roberto Firmino boasts Europe's 2nd-best strike rate despite just one start

Roberto Firmino currently boasts Europe’s 2nd-best strike rate after five games. The Brazilian has only started once for Liverpool.

Roberto Firmino has had a strange season so far. The Copa America set his pre-season back, meaning he wasn’t in the XI to kick off the campaign. Injury then struck on his sole start this season at home to Chelsea. He only returned to action this week at Brentford.

In fact, reports in Brazil suggest the national side are quite worried. They haven’t called him up for their international due to a lack of football this season.

After all, Firmino has only played 126 minutes this season – not even a game and a half.

But while Firmino hasn’t played often, he has played well. He’s managed to score three times already, which gives him the second-best strike rate across Europe’s top five leagues.

Firmino strike rate

Firmino’s three goals are coming at an average of 42 per goal. The only player who can top that is Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting.

The Bayern Munich man has seven goals in eight games this season, despite not starting all that often. He’s scoring every 27 minutes.

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Roberto Lewandowski has the most ridiculous record of all – 13 goals in nine games. That means he’s scoring a goal every 57 minutes and unlike the rest, plays every game.

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So you do need to take things like this with a pinch of salt. It’s a very small sample size and really only tells us how well a player has started the season.

For Firmino, you’ve got to say that he looks sharp and a real threat in front of goal. It’s something that’s flying under the radar a little given his lack of minutes but the Brazilian is in good form.

We were very impressed with his cameo vs Porto, for instance. Hopefully, he can finally get some serious minutes under his belt soon.

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