Roberto Firmino Injury: Updates on Liverpool Star's Status and Return

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured Columnist

Liverpool's Roberto Firmino stands during the English Premier League soccer match between Stoke and Liverpool at the Britannia Stadium, Stoke, England, Sunday Aug. 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
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Liverpool star Roberto Firmino was forced to withdraw from international duty with Brazil on March 19 due to a hamstring issue. However, he is now fit for competitive action.

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Firmino Back vs. Dortmund

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The Brazilian was named on Liverpool's bench for the first leg of their UEFA Europa League quarter-final tie against Borussia Dortmund. He entered with 14 minutes remaining.

Firmino a Key Goal Threat for Liverpool

The Brazilian had a slow start to his Anfield career after Copa America duty, and he struggled for form in his earliest appearances under former Reds manager Brendan Rodgers.

However, Firmino was openly pleased after the appointment of new coach Jurgen Klopp, as relayed by the club's official website:

I was playing in Germany for four and a half years so I have a bit of a German mentality. And he has a typical German mentality because he is funny, he is easy to work with and I'm sure he's going to pass that on to us. 

Hopefully things will improve but we are already picking up what he wants to do at the club. The manager told me to do my best and to be happy playing football, that's what I love to do.

The South American has become an essential cog at Anfield of late, scoring seven of his eight Premier League goals in his last eight outings for the Reds.