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The former Hoffenheim man had been on rather underwhelming run of form for Liverpool and was hooked after a horrendous performance in the 7-2 defeat to Aston Villa prior to the international break.
Playing almost as a false nine to accommodate wide forwards Mo Salah and Sadio Mane, he nearly went a whole season without finding the net in the league at Anfield while he's yet to score in the Premier League so far this term.
Roberto Firmino has more home goals for Brazil today than Premier League goals in his last 22 matches at Anfield :sweat_smile: pic.twitter.com/koXPxygDAC- Goal (@goal) October 10, 2020
But he led the line as a more traditional striker last night and did so with distinction. His brace saw him take up positions you wouldn't normally see him in for his club because of the deep role he occupies.
The first was a tap-in at the far post after a perfect cross from left-back Renan Lodi, with the second seeing him involved in the build-up by dropping deep but making a darting run to the near post to get on the end of Neymar's pinpoint delivery from the left.
Bobby gets his second of the night! :fire::flag_br: pic.twitter.com/JY1d3karG1- Liverpool FC Vines (@LFC_Vines) October 10, 2020
See what happens when he isn't played as a false 9, don't tell me the system still works- Steven Ozog (@THEPICOZOG) October 10, 2020
Although he does contribute in other ways in terms of his pressing, link-up and assists, Liverpool fans are hopeful that their No.9 has indeed rediscovered his shooting boots.
Firmino notched 12 goals in all competitions last term, with nine coming in Liverpool's Premier League title win.