Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino has revealed the reason he started his trademark no-look finish, explaining that his signature goal was something that came about instinctively while rising through the ranks in Germany.
The Brazil international moved to the Bundesliga in 2011 where he joined TSG Hoffenheim. Firmino made 153 appearances for Die Kraichgauer before being shipped out to Liverpool four years later in a club record sale.
Since arriving in England, Firmino has established himself as one of the top strikers in Europe and has caught the eye most notably with his trademark no-look finishes which always tend to go viral on social media.
"I remember the first no-look goal I scored for Hoffenheim," Firmino told Bleacher Report. "Against Werder Bremen, I think. Something like that.
"I rounded the goalkeeper and turned away from it. It came from nowhere; the idea just came to me. It's dangerous, isn't it? You can miss out on a goal. But whenever the chance comes, I do it."
Firmino has gone on to score no-look goals for Liverpool against Arsenal, West Ham and Sevilla, as well as with the national team against Chile.
The 27-year-old continued to talk about his journey from playing as a defensive midfielder into a traditional No. 10, admitting that it was a natural move for him because of his idol growing up.
"My idol in football was always Ronaldinho Gaúcho," he added. "It was that time when he was creating so much magic, playing incredible football. He was my role model. It's really good to be able to show your ability to the fans. Being happy on the pitch, where you're doing what you love, is important."
Source : 90min