Firmino ‘very proud’ after final Anfield appearance

He spent eight years at the club

By Web Desk
May 21, 2023
Firmino received a special send-off after the match — Liverpool 

Roberto Firmino departed Anfield for the final time as a Liverpool player, after his eight years with the club, on Saturday.

The Brazilian made the match memorable after he scored an 89th-minute equaliser in the 1-1 draw with Aston Villa.

Firmino scored 110 clubs for the club in 361 appearances, while also baggings even trophies including the Premier League and Champions League.

Firmino received a special send-off after the match, alongside Naby Keita, James Milner and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who will also leave the club at the end of the season.

“In the beginning when I arrived it was hard to adapt to the climate, the football, everything. As for every player, it’s the same,” Firmino said after the match.

“But thank you God, we achieved everything here, we won everything together. Without my teammates, my family, the manager, you cannot do this. I’m very proud of the history, for everything we achieved together.”

He also opened up about scoring in the final moments of the match, which made the occasion more memorable.

“Yes, unfortunately we didn’t get the win, it wasn’t the result that you want,” he said.

“But the last game at home with the fans, my family here, everyone, friends, I was very emotional and happy for this, to score my last goal at home. With this shirt, this big club, I’m very happy.”

Manager Jurgen Klopp was also emotional after Firmino’s last appearance at Anfield.

“Definitely, definitely [feeling emotional],” said the manager. “I saw now his [Firmino’s] kids, I’m not sure, maybe the eldest one is older than seven probably, that means I know them all since they were babies.”

“Bobby comes on, plays top football, is between the lines and scores a fantastic goal. Wonderful story, well deserved the story,” he added.