Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has hailed Roberto Firmino’s ability to put his off-field issues to the back of his mind and continue turning in impressive performances for the Premier League club.
Firmino was charged with drink-driving on Christmas Eve after being stopped by police in Liverpool city centre and will now have to appear in court on January 31.
Added to that, his house was burgled on December 22 and his family had to spend their Christmas in a hotel.
Despite those issues, the Brazil international has maintained his high standards in two wins and a draw over the festive period, including a goal against Stoke in the Reds’ 4-1 victory.
“What can I say? It’s been difficult. But he has dealt really well with it on the pitch,” Klopp said of Firmino.
“There was the other incident which was around the same time, and he was outstanding in training. Both things happened pretty much around the same period of time. That is how Roberto is.
“When he is on the pitch, he thinks about nothing else other than football. It is a big strength of him, I would say, but it has not been nice.”