Klopp Expresses Sadness at Firmino’s Departure from Liverpool
Striker Roberto Firmino plans to leave Liverpool after spending eight seasons at the Reds, but manager Jurgen Klopp has said there will be time before the Brazilian player says goodbye.
The 31-year-old striker recently told Klopp that he intends to move to another club after the end of the current season and that he is fully focused on pushing the team to achieve a strong finish with him.
Klopp said at a press conference on Friday: “He (Firmino) is here and fully committed … And that’s all we need to know … At the moment there is no time to say goodbye or anything, there is enough time for that at the end of the season.”
Klopp added that he was “a little” surprised by Firmino’s decision, but that this is “totally normal in our long-term relationship.”
The Brazilian has scored 108 goals in over 350 appearances in all competitions for Liverpool. He has been part of a devastating trio with Senegalese strikers Sadio Mane and Egyptian Mohamed Salah during recent seasons.
Mane left the Reds last summer for Bayern Munich, while Salah became Liverpool’s historic top scorer.
Firmino helped Liverpool win the Champions League in 2018-2019 and the Premier League title a year later.
The Brazilian striker had to compete this season to stay in Liverpool’s new group of strikers, including Dutchman Cody Gakbo and Uruguayan Darwin Nunez.
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