Roberto Firmino causes Liverpool confusion after posting image wearing shirt of English rival

Roberto Firmino has confused Liverpool supporters after uploading an image of himself wearing a Burnley away kit on his Instagram story.

The former Reds forward left the club last summer to secure a move to Saudi Arabian club Al-Ahli, for whom he scored nine goals and provided seven assists in all competitions during his debut campaign.

Firmino is currently enjoying some downtime after making 34 appearances in the Middle East during the 2023/24 season and has a summer off having been left out of Brazil's Copa America squad.

Still putting in the work despite having no games on the horizon, the 32-year-old uploaded an image of himself working at a gym while wearing Burnley's away strip from last season.

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Making this clothing selection all the more strange is the fact Firmino was not competing in the Premier League last season, meaning he didn't simply pick it up by swapping shirts at full-time. One potential reason could be linked to the Clarets' full-back Vitinho, who is a fellow Brazilian and may have influenced this decision.

Firmino's long-term future in the Middle East remains up in the air after only one year, with Al-Ahli's manager reportedly requesting the club to "listen for offers". It is believed Matthias Jaissle is not "fully satisfied" with the 2019 Champions League winner and would like to replace him.

This comes after reports in the winter suggesting the attacker was ready to leave his current employers during the January window after losing his place in the starting eleven between the start of November and end of December.

Al-Ettifaq, coached by Steven Gerrard, were one of the clubs to be linked with a swoop for his services but a deal did not materialise. Commenting on the prospect of adding Firmino to his squad, Gerrard said in December: "I obviously know Bobby extremely well, I've been a massive fan. I've followed him for years. At the moment, he's Al-Ahli's player, so it's very difficult for me to comment on that situation. But I've loved Bobby Firmino since the first day I watched him and I'm a huge fan."