Liverpool star Roberto Firmino suffered 'very upsetting' Christmas burglary

Firmino moved to a hotel after the incident

Roberto Firmino, seen here (right) playing against Manchester City, suffered the break-in on December 22

Monday, January 9, 2017

Liverpool star Roberto Firmino was victim of a "very upsetting" burglary just before Christmas, according to reports.

The Brazilian playmaker, one of the standout players of the current Premier League operation, suffered the break-in at around 10pm on December 22. He and his family were out at the time.

The thieves made off with jewellery, watches and clothing after conducting an "untidy search" of the property in Mossley Hill, the BBC reports.

Firmino, his wife and two children moved out of their home, situated close to the iconic Penny Lane, and into a hotel following the break-in. The former Hoffenheim player, who moved to Liverpool in 2015, was charged with drink-driving just four days after the event.

Firmino is just one of a number of footballers to have suffered break-ins during recent years, with several incidents occurring in the North West.

Last week a former soldier was jailed for two years for trying to burgle Wayne Rooney while the Manchester United striker was at Old Trafford for his testimonial. Robert McNamara, who was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder as a consequence of his time in Afghanistan, travelled 130 miles to break into Rooney's luxury Cheshire mansion but succeeded only in triggering the alarm system.

In 2015 Rooney's then-Manchester United teammate Angel di Maria suffered an armed robbery at his house, an event which reportedly left his family traumatised and was cited as a key reason for his subsequent move to Paris Saint Germain.