Firmino Bears No Grudge to ‘Best Friend’ Coutinho Over Barcelona Move
Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino says that his friendship with Philippe Coutinho remains as strong as ever, despite Coutinho’s January move to Barcelona.
Coutinho joined the Catalan club for a fee of around £114m, bringing to an end a five year spell at the club. Firmino signed a new contract with Liverpool in April.
The pair remain international teammates and both form part of the Brazil squad for this summer’s World Cup in Russia.
“Everybody knows that Coutinho is a great footballer – here in England they call him ‘The Magician’,” he told FourFourTwo magazine.
“He made his decision to join Barcelona, but every time we play for the Seleção we have a chat and maintain that friendship.
“He’s an exceptional guy – one of the best friends football has given me. I believe Brazil is enjoying a good uprising since Tite took over – everyone is playing good football.
“We had some great results during the qualification campaign, so I hope we’ll be able to keep that momentum at the World Cup. I think it’s important for the fans to see us playing attacking football.”