Burglars stole valuables worth £70,000 when they broke into Liverpool star winger Roberto Firmino’s home.

Merseyside Police said a group of men, said to be wearing hoods, forced entry to the house and took watches, jewellery and clothes.

They then fled the scene on foot.

Detective Inspector Steve Christian, from Liverpool CID, said: I’d like to appeal to the consciences of the offenders and ask them to put themselves in the victim’s position and think how they would feel if this happened to them.

I would ask the offenders to do the right thing and return the stolen items to the owner in any way possible.

Firmino and his wife, Larissa, and one-year-old daughter and baby son were reportedly not at their home in Mossley Hill, south Liverpool, at the time, and moved to a hotel following the incident on December 22.

The Sun reported the same gang was believed to have attempted a break-in before, but was disturbed by the family returning home.

Days after the burglary, Firmino, signed by Liverpool for £29m in 2015 from German club Hoffenheim, was charged with drink-driving in Liverpool city centre on Christmas Eve.

The 25-year-old player, who is reportedly paid £100,000 a week, is due at Liverpool Magistrates’ Court later this month to face the charge.

The burglary is the latest in a series of raids on the homes of Premier League footballers.

Many took place after criminals studied fixture lists with the homeowners out of their homes while playing high-profile matches.

Anyone with information should contact detectives in Liverpool on 0151 777 4065 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

(c) Sky News 2017: Liverpool star Roberto Firmino’s home burgled by hooded gang

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