Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino admits that he feared going blind in his left eye after suffering a freak injury against Tottenham last month.

Firmino was caught in the eye by Jan Vertonghen's finger in Liverpool's win at Wembley on September 15 and had to be substituted.

In an interview with Sky Sports News, Firmino revealed his initial panic when he thought he could have suffered permanent damage to his eyesight.


"I was frightened, but the pain gradually passed after the doctor gave me a painkiller and it got better.

"When the incident happened, everything was blurry and I couldn't see out of my left eye. It's much better now. The pain has gone and I can't feel anything anymore. It's still a bit red, but I hope that clears up over time.

"Of course, I've been taking my medication and looking after it. Your eyes are very important as a professional footballer. Thank God everything is OK now."

Despite Firmino's fears of long-term damage, he was able to return as a substitute just three days later, scoring the last-minute winner in Liverpool's Champions League victory over Paris Saint-Germain.

Firmino has started three of Liverpool's four matches since then although he has been unable to add to his goal tally, drawing a blank on Wednesday as the Reds lost 1-0 to Napoli.

This weekend would be an ideal time to get back among the goals as Liverpool face Manchester City at Anfield, looking for the win that would put them top of the Premier League going into the international break.