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Roberto Firmino: Brazilian Striker Informs Klopp of His Decision to Leave Liverpool
- Brazilian striker Roberto Firmino has reportedly communicated his decision to leave Liverpool at the end of the season
- He would become the second member of the feared attacking trio to quit after Sadio Mane
- Firmino moved to England from Hoffenheim in 2015 and won every major trophy
Brazilian attacker Roberto Firmino joined Liverpool from Hoffenheim in 2015 and formed a feared attacking trio with Senegalese winger Sadio Mane and Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah.
The trio dominated and helped Liverpool become one of the best teams in Europe under Jürgen Klopp, winning all possible trophies and reaching three UEFA Champions League finals, one of which they won and lost the other two to Real Madrid in 2018 and 2022.
According to reports from Sky Germany, he has informed Klopp of his decision to leave Anfield when his current contract expires in the summer, bringing to an end an eight-year relationship with the Merseyside club.
Fans' reaction to Firmino's departure
Liverpool signed the 31-year-old for 21.5m from Hoffenheim. He has scored 107 goals and provided 78 assists in 352 appearances, playing primarily as an attacking midfielder or as a striker, as reported by LFC Live.
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The Reds fans took to social media to appreciate the skilful Brazilian who has served the club diligently and was part of a successful era in his eight years at the club.
What an absolute legend Bobby Firmino has been for the club. Will be sad to see you go but thank you for everything.
The first player who kickstarted the Klopp era from day 1, who became one of the most important and loved players at the club, will be sadly leaving. Bobby Firmino, a true Liverpool Legend.
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Nigerian Sports OAP and religious Liverpool fan, Oyedotun Oyekunle, reacting to the news praised Firmino as the player who kickstarted the Jurgen Klopp era. He hailed Bobby as an invaluable member of the team over the last eight years for his selflessness, incredible skill and sportsmanship on and off the pitch
''From the first bust in the 3-2 win against Norwich, the memorable hattrick in our 5-1 win against Arsenal in 2018, repeating the same in 2021, the final seal against Monterrey in the CWC in 2018, the thumping at Selhurst in 2020,'' he told Sports Brief.
''It's there for all to see why you are an everyday world-class player. A great professional and a great ambassador. You will be sorely missed as the highest-scoring Brazilian in the EPL. Arsenal doesn't have to be scared of you anymore,'' he added.
Firmino preaches in church
Roberto Firmino will be grateful for his time in England, especially for meeting with Alisson Becker, who helped convert him to Christianity and was present at the poolside for his baptism.
As Sports Brief reported, the Brazilian preaches in church and does not hide his faith, an act which endeared him to some Reds who are believers in the Christian religion.