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Firmino was excellent against Aston Villa on Sunday.

Roberto Firmino's ever-improving performances give Liverpool fans reason to be excited

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Summer signing Roberto Firmino has enjoyed his best form in a Liverpool shirt of late since joining the club for £29 million.

After entering 2016 with just one Premier League goal to his name, the Brazilian has since found the net five times and was recently awarded January's PFA Fans' Player of the Month, suggesting he has finally kick-started his career at Anfield.

Firmino has looked far more confident and composed on the ball since the turn of the new year, with his pace, passing and finishing particularly coming to fruition some five months into the campaign.

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In addition, the 24-year-old's reading of the game appears to have come along in leaps and bounds, making far more intelligent decisions when it comes to picking the right pass, dribbling at the right moment and taking chances by himself.

Perhaps most importantly to Liverpool, Firmino is gradually establishing himself as the playmaker he was tipped to become upon his arrival. Against Aston Villa last Sunday, the former Hoffenheim star assisted both Emre Can and Nathaniel Clyne for their goals, whilst a series of other passes created a number of opportunities throughout the 6-0 victory.

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Energy and tenacity have also played a vital role in Firmino's improved performances, epitomised by his unwillingness to allow Villa's Jores Okore to shield the ball out of play. The Brazil international stole possession away from his opponent and helped win a free-kick, converted by James Milner for Liverpool's second of the afternoon.

Firmino has appeared reinvigorated in recent times for one reason or another, but regardless, his upturn in form has proved a massive boost for Liverpool.

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Alongside the ever-present Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge, who marked his return from injury with a goal, the Reds' big-money summer signing is finally giving fans reason to be excited.

Granted, there is still much to improve in the 24-year-old's game, but given how he's developed under Jurgen Klopp so far, Anfield might just have another star on their hands.

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