Roberto Firmino is in Brazil doing Roberto Firmino things. He scored a no look goal into an open net on Saturday against Peru to help the home team win their final group stage game. They came out on top of group A and head into the quarter-final next Thursday against an opponent still to be decided.
The Brazilians thrashed Peru 5-0, and Firmino’s cheeky finish was their second goal of the game. He thought he’d scored through a lucky touch on a poor clearance from the Peruvian keeper, but the ricochet hit the woodwork. Firmino then scooped up the rebound, flatfooted the keeper, and rolled it into the back of the net, as cool as you like.
Liverpool’s number nine also clocked an assist for their fourth goal of the night, serving up compatriot Dani Alves.
The other Liverpool player who featured on international duty on Saturday was Naby Keïta, who played a small part in Guinea’s 2-2 opening match draw against Madagascar in the African Cup of Nations. Keïta came on in the 62nd minute, having began the game on the bench, having just recovered from injury.
Keïta is expected to take part in Guinea’s remaining matches, the first on Wednesday against Nigeria, and the final group stage match the following Sunday against Burundi.
Sunday will be Liverpool player free, since Sadio Mané is forced through a one match ban to miss out on Senegal’s opening match against Tanzania.