Roberto Firmino delivers latest Liverpool fitness update ahead of Arsenal clash

Liverpool midfielder Roberto Firmino says he feels ready to start his first Reds game after successive substitute appearances

Roberto Firmino says he feels ready to start his first Liverpool game ahead of their clash against Arsenal on Monday night.

The Brazil international has been limited to back-to-back substitute appearances for the Reds so far this season in 1-0 victories over Stoke City and Bournemouth.

Firmino signed a long-term deal with the Merseyside outfit after he became Liverpool’s third most-expensive signing following a £29m move from Bundesliga side Hoffenheim.

And the 23-year-old is confident that he will be ready to make an impact for the 18-time English champions when manager Brendan Rodgers gives the Brazilian his first start.

“I’m working hard towards [starting a game] – obviously that is my aim, but there’s a healthy competition in the squad right now and the manager knows who should be starting games,” Firmino is quoted as saying by Liverpool Echo.

“So all I can do is keep on working so I will be ready when I am given the chance to start.”

Liverpool edged to a 1-0 victory over Stoke in their opening game of the season thanks to Philippe Coutinho’s late winner.

Christian Benteke fired the Reds to a slender 1-0 win against Bournemouth in the Premier League last Monday.

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The Reds are looking to end a three-game losing run at Emirates Stadium on Monday night.

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