“I will be grateful forever”, says Jürgen Klopp about Roberto Firmino Liverpool career

The Brazilian will leave the club in the summer, but the Liverpool manager will never forget how important he's been all these years
Martín O'Donnell
2023-06-03 10:00:27

Eventually, all good things come to an end. After eight wonderful years at Anfield, Roberto Firmino will leave Liverpool when his contract expires on June 30. The Brazilian has lived unforgettable moments with the “Reds", but it"s time to move on.

His contribution to Premier and Champions League titles will always be appreciated in Merseyside, where Firmino fell down in the pecking order in the last few years. Though Jürgen Klopp has given priority to other forwards lately, he will always be grateful for what Bobby did during his tenure.


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Klopp"s emotional message to Firmino

"He is so integral for everything what happened here in my time," Klopp said, via the club"s official website. “I think he is still the player who started most games even when recently he didn’t start that often. It’s just that I couldn’t imagine for a long, long time how our game would look without him. So, we had to find ways when he was not available and we came through these spells: Sadio [Mane] last year, for example, did exceptional, did that really well.

"But yes, as a person, as a human, as a boy, I will miss him," he added. “As a player we all will miss him, but anyway I think it’s the right way to part ways: very respectful, with tears in our eyes and with the knowledge that we will definitely miss each other because it will be the other way around the same.

“But we are professional football people and we have to part ways from time to time, it’s a completely normal thing. So, we will stay friends forever definitely, I will be grateful forever for everything he did for us, for me, and he will go down as one of the Liverpool greats. What can you wish more for in a footballer’s life than that?"

Liverpool are preparing a documentary in honor of Firmino, who recorded an impressive 111 goals during his stint at Anfield, where he also became the player with most appearances under Klopp (355 games).