May 20 – Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino expects his final game at Anfield to be an emotional affair and the Brazilian said he is bracing for a flood of tears as he prepares to leave the Premier League club after eight trophy-laden years.
Since joining Liverpool in 2015 from Hoffenheim, Firmino has amassed 109 goals and has won every major title available, including the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup, and League Cup.
The 31-year-old’s contract expires at the conclusion of the current season, and Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp stated that he is one of four players who will go in the offseason, along with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Naby Keita, and James Milner.
“I am trying to focus on the game, but after it I will cry 100%,” Firmino told reporters ahead of Saturday’s game against Aston Villa, Liverpool’s last home game of the season.
“I will miss everything — my teammates, the club, the fans, especially the fans. I love the fans, they’ve supported me a lot through these eight years.
“I am so proud of what we achieved here together. For everything that the club did for me and for my family, I’m so happy.”
At his peak, Firmino was the fulcrum in Liverpool’s three-pronged ɑttack , forming a devastating partnership with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.
But he has become a fringe player in the last two seasons and is no longer a guaranteed starter.
“It is time, unfortunately. The cycle here is ended and I understand it is time to go,” he added.
“I’m very proud for everything that I have done here with the team, what we achieved together and the beautiful history we made together. Maybe one day I could come back, I don’t know, but it’s time to go.”