Roberto Firmino injury history and updates

Liverpool, Roberto Firmino (Photo by PETER POWELL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Liverpool, Roberto Firmino (Photo by PETER POWELL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images) /

How often does Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino get injured?

Turns out, not that much – the Brazilian is remarkably reliable, although the 30-year-old has started to wear out a little bit in the 2021/22 season as he approaches the second half of his career.

Firmino didn’t miss as many as five Liverpool games in a row in any of his first six seasons at Anfield, but a hamstring injury has kept him off the field for the longest absence of his career since a three-month spell at Hoffenheim back in 2012.

Here’s a list of Firmino’s most notable injuries back through time, as well as some updates on his most recent one.

Roberto Firmino injury history

Roberto Firmino hamstring injury, November 2021

The most significant injury of Firmino’s Liverpool career up to this point, the Brazilian suffered a ‘serious’ hamstring injury in his side’s 2-0 Champions League win over Atletico Madrid at the start of November.

"“Bobby is good but he is still a couple of weeks away from being fully back,” Jurgen Klopp said at the end of November, “but he is doing pretty much everything just with the extent of the injury we have to be careful, but it’s all fine.”"

The Brazilian’s first game out was a dramatic 3-2 defeat at West Ham, but the Reds have roared back without him since then – scoring four goals in each of their next three Premier League games, winning all of them comfortably.

It’s his second hamstring injury this season, which could be a red flag going forward and means that his recovery will have to be carefully managed.

Roberto Firmino muscle injury, August 2021

Firmino suffered a hamstring injury in a 1-1 draw against Chelsea at the start of the season, coming off in the first half before Mohamed Salah scored the penalty that earned his side a point.

An international break meant that he only missed four Liverpool games, all of them wins in which the Reds scored three goals – including a frenetic 3-2 win over AC Milan in their opening Champions League match.

Roberto Firmino knee injury, March 2021

Not an especially serious issue, but the first of a calendar year during which Firmino has been unable to get much of a rhythm going thanks to some niggling injuries.

A knee injury picked up after a 1-0 defeat to Chelsea (what’s up with Firmino against Chelsea!?) saw him miss a trio of games in the run-in last season; a win over RB Leipzig in the last 16 of the Champions League, a surprise defeat to Fulham and a win over Wolves.

Roberto Firmino groin injury, April 2019

A small groin tear suffered in training didn’t keep Firmino out for long – just four games, and less than a month – but it might have been one of the most significant injuries in recent Liverpool history.

The problem meant that the Brazilian missed the Reds’ Champions League semi-final second leg against Barcelona at Anfield, paving the way for Divock Origi to start and score twice in an incredible 4-0 win, including the immediate classic ‘corner taken quickly…ORIGI!’

Roberto Firmino ankle injury, February 2019

An injury described by Jurgen Klopp as ‘a catastrophe’ at the time, Firmino’s ankle injury only ended up keeping him out for one match – not including the 0-0 draw against Manchester United in which he twisted it, and had to leave the pitch after half an hour.

That one match he missed? Liverpool beat Watford 5-0, thanks to a goal from Origi and braces from Sadio Mane and Virgin van Dijk.