Roberto Firmino is finally proving his worth to Liverpool following summer move

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It's said that all good things come to those who wait - and it appears Roberto Firmino is finally being rewarded for his patience.

After enduring a tough start to life in the Premier League, the Brazilian is enjoying a rich run of form that has seen him score four goals in his last three league games for Liverpool.

Firmino joined the Reds from German outfit Hoffenheim in a transfer that excited many associated with the Merseysiders.


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His big-money move - the third most expensive in Liverpool's history - brought with it plenty of expectation, yet it's fair to say anyone who expected an immediate impact was left hugely disappointed.

The 24-year-old's first few appearances for the Reds came from the bench in a bid to regain fitness, following his involvement in the Copa America with Brazil.

Momentary glimpses of brilliance were shown upon his introductions from the bench, but it was only until Brendan Rodgers' departure and Jurgen Klopp's arrival that Firmino was given the game time he craved. 

The initial promising signs soon faded, though, as the midfielder struggled to adapt; the sheer physicality and pace of England's top flight seemed to be getting the better of Firmino, who often looked stranded and unable to make the difference.

However, his moment would eventually come against Manchester City, against whom he sparkled alongside countryman Philippe Coutinho, providing two assists and scoring his first goal for Liverpool on their way to a 4-1 victory at the Etihad stadium.

It would take a while before Firmino found the back of the net again but when he did, it was once more against a Premier League giant, perhaps indicating the Brazilian is a man for the big occasions.

Deployed at centre forward in a false nine formation against Arsenal, the midfielder scored his first two goals in front of the Anfield crowd, the second an absolute peach. Such was his positive impact on the game that he could've even celebrated a hat-trick had it not been for the frame of the goal.

Another brace would follow against newly-promoted Norwich City - a contribution that was vital as Liverpool edged the Canaries 5-4, taking Firmino's league tally up to five goals and three assists this season.

This positive change in fortune has seen the £29 million man finally settle at Anfield, justifying his manager's faith and earning praise from those who doubted him.

A touch of consistency is all Liverpool can now hope for amidst their hopes of bringing Champions League football back to Merseyside.

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Steven Gerrard
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