Liverpool legend Roberto Firmino will leave the club at the end of the season. It will be an emotional goodbye for a player who embodied everything that has been brilliant under Jurgen Klopp’s reign at Anfield. Creativity, desire, will to win, and being a team player.
Firmino will leave as one of the most loved players to play in front of the Kop in recent years. Fans have adored the Brazilian international for a number of reasons.
Now his representative Roger Wittman has told FootballInsider that his client will not talk to any other clubs until he leaves Liverpool as his goal is to show Jurgen Klopp and the Liverpool fans the best version of himself.
Speaking to David Lynch, Wittman said
“Our plan for the next couple of weeks – this is the plan of Roberto – is to show the manager and Liverpool finally again the best version of him to say goodbye. This is what he wants to do.
“He has no clue what that means for him in the near future. He told us during the whole phase when we negotiated, ‘I don’t want to talk to anybody else, there’s no need to do that’. He said it was a decision with the club.
This was the first time in my life he’s a free agent player and he said there was no need to talk to others! So he’s not motivated by other clubs or by financial terms – far away from that.
“The club gave him the time as well, no pressure. And he never started to compare asking us to talk to different clubs. For us [it would be] easy but this was not his intention, it was just to find his own way. This is so far away from this normal business, believe me!”
This was not the easiest decision for the boy. It took a long time to make his decision along with the family and the decision was with love.
“Roberto is a peaceful man and said, ‘I’ve had my time but it’s time to go. Liverpool was the biggest, greatest, most successful time of my life together with the manager, together with my colleagues, together with all of them’. It was an unbelievable journey.
“He said the feeling with Liverpool, this is unbeatable. This club, the people, all of them. I saw so many rumours about the boy making a decision, even the club, but everything was with peace.
He is the best Brazilian scorer ever in the Premier League, he’s not a normal one, a top human. He was really, really sad as well, when he told us this would be his new challenge, it was unbelievably emotional“It is a storm when a player makes a decision like that, but everybody is in love with this boy.
“[People in social media] said they could understand and [liked] how he did this in a serious way, not one single rumour. During this phase, no rumours, nothing. The boy said, ‘This is not the way I want to go, the club deserves really my attention, I must be in the best shape after injury and come back’.
“He will be back in the legends team of Liverpool!”