The Anfield faithful finally had something to cheer about right at the end of January as Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side managed to come back from 1-0 down to take a point off of the table toppers in the Premier League earlier this week. There were a number of decent performances from the Reds on the night but one player who missed a chance to steal all three points was Roberto Firmino.
The Brazil attacker started in his preferred central positions and got a couple of decent chances which he would have scored off of on another day. But he could be forgiven as he was supposed to appear in court less than 24 hours after the game. The 25-year old was caught in a case of drunken driving on Christmas Eve late last year after a small gathering with his friends and family. He was caught briefly driving on the wrong side of the road on Hanover Street and was charged.
He was summoned to appear on court on the 1st of February, a day after Chelsea came to Anfield. And the attacker now faces a ban of one year from driving for his recklessness.Cases of drivers caught drunk are taken seriously and Firmino was also fined an amount of £20,000 for breaking the law. The former Hoffenheim star will now not be able to drive his loved Range Rover for the next 12 months.
Pleading guilty to the charge in court, Firmino has accepted the fine and suspension and offered an apology for his actions. ‘I apologize, without reservation, to the club, the manager, my teammates and the supporters for putting myself in this situation,’ Firmino said in a statement.
He went on to say that he was sorry for being a wrong examples for his fans and said that he will learn and never repeat his mistakes. ‘What I have done is wrong and sets a bad example. ‘I promise to everyone in the LFC family, that I will learn from this mistake, learn from this experience, and not repeat it in the future,’ the Brazilian added.
The Reds have not been able to live up to their expectations till the end of the previous month and are now facing a mountain to climb if they are to get anywhere close to the title. But if they are to get there, Firmino, will have to play a major role.
Even in the game against Chelsea, the Brazilian attacker made a number of tackles, running all around the park to win the ball. He is the first line of defense for the side and though he was unable to concentrate at the right moment, he was still an asset at the other end. He is a player who gives it all and that cannot be taken away by any fears. Appearing in a court, for drunken driving, a PR nightmare, is not what Firmino wants in Liverpool and he would want to get it out of the system as quickly as he can.
The 25-year old will not be able to drive his love bird anytime soon and instead of reeling in it, it would be best for him and the club to concentrate on every game till end of the season atleast. Liverpool have few games far and between scattered over the next 4 months, after being knocked out of cup competitions and Firmino is expected to start each and every game. Klopp will need him to be at his best for every game and will need the side to play as one till the end of the season which might even help them to the summit.
The fine is not something that will bother him but Firmino, for now, can have his many friends in his new hometown drive him around. All he has to do is help Liverpool football club get back to their best. Do you think this driving ban for Firmino will effect his form like it did against Chelsea?