Roberto Firmino's top 10 Liverpool moments: Slaying Arsenal, outshining Kylian Mbappe & San Siro magic

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The Brazil forward will play his final game at Anfield on Saturday, and will leave behind some wonderful memories from his time on Merseyside

There won't be a dry eye in the house on Saturday when Roberto Firmino bids a final farewell to Anfield. In eight years, the Brazilian has firmly established himself as a modern-day Liverpool great, the original 'false nine' and an integral part of the team which scaled incredible heights under Jurgen Klopp.

Having played more than 350 games and scored more than 100 goals, the 31-year-old will depart on a free transfer at the end of this season.

So before he takes the Kop's appreciation for the final time against Aston Villa, GOAL looks at Firmino's best moments in a Liverpool shirt...

  1. That first goal...
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    That first goal...

    Firmino's early months at Liverpool were difficult. He was signed during the final weeks of Brendan Rodgers' reign at Anfield, and despite the £29 million ($36m) transfer fee, there was always a sense that the manager either didn't rate him or didn't know how best to use him.

    That changed when Klopp arrived in October 2015, and a few weeks later came the first real sign of what Liverpool had on their hands.

    They travelled to the Etihad Stadium to face Manchester City, fielding Firmino as their No.9. He was terrific, his pressing unnerving City's defence and his combination play with Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana proving too hot to handle.

    Liverpool were 3-0 up inside 32 minutes, Firmino setting up the second for Coutinho before slotting home the third himself, his first Reds goal. It finished 4-1, and fans had their first proper glimpse of what the beaming Brazilian could bring to the party.

  2. That Mo Salah assist...

    That Mo Salah assist...

    There have been some magnificent assists in Liverpool's long and illustrious history, but has there ever been a more stylish one than the one Firmino provided Mo Salah against Newcastle in September 2019?

    Receiving a pass from the Egyptian, around 30 yards out, Firmino produced a moment of sheer impudence and invention, flicking the ball off both feet, past two defenders and into Salah's path. Salah, of course, did the rest, striding on to finish off a 3-1 Liverpool victory.

    Firmino would pull off a similar move the following season away at Leicester, with Salah again the beneficiary, and his penchant for a spectacular assist was on display earlier this season too when he set up Darwin Nunez at Rangers.

    There are some players for whom providing is as satisfying as scoring, and Firmino has always given that impression. Some footballer.

  3. That Arsenal hat-trick...

    That Arsenal hat-trick...

    There can be no doubt as to Firmino's favourite opposition during his time at Liverpool. In 18 games against Arsenal, the Brazilian netted 11 goals. Only Harry Kane and Wayne Rooney, in fact, have scored more goals against the Gunners in Premier League history.

    Firmino's first Liverpool hat-trick, of course, came against Arsenal, in December 2018. The title-chasing Reds had actually fallen behind in that game, but two goals in the space of three minutes from their No.9 turned things around; the first a tap-in after some slapstick defending, the second a solo effort leaving three Gunners players on their backside.

    He completed his treble from the penalty spot, Liverpool running out 5-1 winners, and it would not be the last time he would hurt the men from north London.

  4. That Roma masterclass...
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    That Roma masterclass...

    There is no doubt that the attacking trio of Firmino, Salah and Sadio Mane is one of the best European football has seen in recent times, and its high point arguably came during Liverpool's run to the Champions League final in 2017-18.

    All three reached double figures for goals in that European campaign, all three were on the scoresheet as the Reds thrashed Porto in the last 16, and all three netted as Klopp's side defeated Manchester City 5-1 on aggregate in the quarter-finals.

    Then came the semi-final against Roma, and one of Anfield's great forgotten nights as, with Firmino to the fore, Liverpool secured a remarkable 5-2 first-leg lead.

    The Brazilian set up the first two goals for Salah, the second a truly fantastic assist showcasing all of his skill and awareness, before grabbing two for himself in front of the Kop. In the second leg in Rome, he laid on a goal for Mane as Liverpool completed a crazy 7-6 aggregate success.

    There was to be no happy ending, however, as Liverpool lost to Real Madrid in the final in Kyiv, but this was the season they reintroduced themselves to the European elite, and they did it thanks largely to their front three.

  5. That time he upstaged Neymar & Mbappe...

    That time he upstaged Neymar & Mbappe...

    Liverpool's first Champions League group game of the 2018-19 season was a bit of a classic, as Paris Saint-Germain came to Anfield with Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, but fell victim to Firmino's brilliance.

    The Reds striker had scored the winner the previous weekend against Tottenham at Wembley, but later suffered an eye injury in a clash with Jan Vertonghen, which meant he was unable to start against PSG.

    His replacement, Daniel Sturridge, gave Liverpool an early lead, and when James Milner netted a penalty soon after, it looked as if the Reds were on their way to an easy victory.

    But Thomas Meunier pulled a goal back before, with seven minutes left, Mbappe fired home clinically to equalise.

    Firmino, though, would have the final word. On for Sturridge, he collected the ball on the right edge of the penalty area in the second minute of stoppage time, jinked inside Marquinhos and fired home an unstoppable strike into the far corner.

    The celebration was almost as memorable as the goal, Firmino covering his left eye with his hand in reference to his brush with Vertonghen. The coolest man inside Anfield, as per.

  6. That one Tim Sherwood would rather forget...

    That one Tim Sherwood would rather forget...

    The 2020-21 campaign was, if we're being honest, a pretty miserable one all round. The coronavirus pandemic meant games were played without fans for most of it, while Liverpool's defence of their Premier League title fell apart quickly as injuries stacked up.

    Still, there was the odd highlight, such as the night Jose Mourinho's Tottenham came to Anfield in December 2020, looking to go top of the table.

    A crowd of 2000 were allowed in, and saw Liverpool lead through Salah's deflected strike before Son Heung-min levelled for Spurs. Then, in stoppage time, the Reds were awarded a corner.

    Covering the game for BT Sport, former Spurs boss Tim Sherwood decided the time was right for a bold prediction. "I'm not too worried about these corners," he told viewers. "I think Spurs have got the dominance in the air, so I'm not sure anybody can get their head on the first ball for Liverpool..."

    You don't need me to tell you what happened next, but suffice to say the game finished 2-1 to Liverpool, and the biggest smile at the final whistle belonged to the Brazilian in the No.9 shirt.

  7. That goal which made Liverpool world champions...

    That goal which made Liverpool world champions...

    In the space of 13 months between 2019 and 2020, Liverpool conquered Europe, conquered England and conquered the world - "champions of everything," as Jurgen Klopp put it.

    Firmino, of course, played a key role in the Reds' rise, and never more so than in their first-ever Club World Cup triumph in December 2019.

    Having scored his side's stoppage-time winner in the semi-final against Mexican side Monterrey, he repeated the trick in the final against the Brazilians Flamengo, staying cool in the Qatar heat to slot home an extra-time strike.

    It was one of many decisive strikes from Firmino during the 2019-20 campaign, which finished with Liverpool ending their 30-year wait for a league title.

  8. That San Siro silencer...

    That San Siro silencer...

    Firmino's role at Anfield has undoubtedly been reduced during the past two seasons, as the likes of Diogo Jota, Luis Diaz, Darwin Nunez and Cody Gakpo have been brought in to freshen up Liverpool's attack.

    But he has always retained a handy knack of popping up with a goal just when his side needs one, especially away from home.

    That was certainly evident during the Champions League last-16 first leg against Inter in February 2022. Brought on for Jota at half-time, Firmino was the one who broke open the tie 15 minutes from time, timing his near post run superbly to head home an Andy Robertson corner.

    Salah added a second soon after and, despite a surprise second-leg defeat, Liverpool were safely into yet another European quarter-final, and thankful once again for Firmino's big-game pedigree.

  9. That Old Trafford double...

    That Old Trafford double...

    The 2020-21 campaign may have been a tough one for Liverpool, but at least it had a happy ending as the Reds fought back to secure Champions League qualification, winning eight of their last 10 league games in the process.

    One of those came against Manchester United, with Firmino scoring twice in a 4-2 win at Old Trafford. First he headed home a Trent Alexander-Arnold cross at the Stretford End, before following up after Alexander-Arnold's shot had been spilt by Dean Henderson.

    United have not always, in truth, been favoured opponents - he only netted four times in 18 appearances against them - but he enjoyed himself that May night, for sure.

    If only there had been an away end from which to take the acclaim...

  10. That perfect send off...
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    That perfect send off...

    It was in early March that news of Firmino's intention to leave Liverpool on a free transfer emerged. A couple of days later, the Reds entertained Manchester United at Anfield in what become one of the most memorable games of recent times.

    Klopp's side were irresistible, running in six second-half goals in a 7-0 win. The last of those, of course, came from Firmino, who turned home Salah's cross in front of a delirious, and disbelieving, Kop.

    The perfect send off, you could say, although Firmino has since added to his big-goal tally with a dramatic leveller against Arsenal in April. Who would bet against one more key strike during his Anfield farewell?