Firmino “aiming high”

The Reds were last English champions in 1990, their 18th triumph overall, and have finished runners-up on four occasions since (1991, 2002, 2009 and 2014).

Last season under Jurgen Klopp they secured a top-four finish, which according to Firmino is the bare minimum the time around, but they are determined to fight for the championship after a resounding 4-0 win over Arsenal last time out.

“We are feeling good and what we want to achieve is pretty clear,” he said, as reported by the Daily Mirror.

“We must at least repeat our performance of last year by finishing in the top four – and then fight for the title.

“The team is also very motivated by the experience of being back in the Champions League.

“The target is to finish in the best possible position and we are aiming high.”

Since joining from Bundesliga outfit Hoffenheim in 2015 for a reported £35m Firmino would go on to feature across 94 matches registering 25 goals and creating a further 24 for his teammates.

Initially signed under then boss Brendan Rodgers, he’s become an instrumental part of Jurgen Klopp’s machine at Anfield, with all 49 goals he’s been involved coming under the German tactician.

He’s begun this season well having featured in all four of Liverpool’s matches to date – two Premier League outings plus their Champions League play-off tie against former club Hoffenheim – bagging two goals and two assists.