Liverpool's Roberto Firmino charged with drink-driving on Christmas eve

London: Liverpool star Roberto Firmino has been charged with drink-driving after being arrested in the early hours of Christmas Eve.

Firmino was stopped by police while driving in Liverpool city centre on December 24 and was later charged with the offence.

 Liverpools Roberto Firmino charged with drink-driving on Christmas eve

Liverpool's Roberto Firmino. Reuters

"Merseyside Police has charged a 25-year-old man with drink driving after his car was stopped in Liverpool city centre in the early hours of Saturday, December 24 2016," a Merseyside Police spokesperson told the Guardian on Monday.

"Roberto Firmino, from Liverpool, will appear at Liverpool City Magistrates Court on 31 January."

Brazil forward Firmino, 25, is currently preparing for Liverpool's Premier League clash against Stoke City at Anfield on Tuesday.

His court date could prove a problem however as it is scheduled for the same day that Liverpool play title rivals Chelsea at Anfield.

Firmino is a key member of Jurgen Klopp's side and has scored 17 goals, including six this season, in 67 appearances since joining Liverpool from Hoffenheim in July 2015.

Firmino, along with Sadio Mane and Philippe Coutinho, has played a big part in Liverpool being the Premier League's highest-scoring side in the season so far. Their 41 goals over 17 gameweeks had them second in the table, six points behind Chelsea.

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Updated Date: Dec 26, 2016 21:20:25 IST