Mohamed Salah’s Moving Farewell to Liverpool Teammates Firmino, Milner, Keita, and Oxlade-Chamberlain
Liverpool’s Changing Landscape: Farewell to Legends
As the curtain closes on the Liverpool season, the club is set for a seismic change with the departure of beloved Reds: Roberto Firmino, James Milner, Naby Keita, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. In the wake of this epochal shift, Mohamed Salah, the Egyptian superstar and remaining figure of Liverpool’s once mighty attacking trident, takes to Twitter for an emotional farewell.
Salah shared photos of himself with each departing player, his words poignant, his sentiment genuine.
Mo Salah: “One of the best things about football is that we get to meet and share moments with great people. Bobby, Milly, Ox, and Naby, will be missed and I hope our paths will cross again.”
One of the best things about football is that we get to meet and share moments with great people. Bobby, Milly, Ox, and Naby, will be missed and I hope our paths will cross again. pic.twitter.com/4bggjp6YxH
— Mohamed Salah (@MoSalah) May 24, 2023
The departure of Firmino, the Brazilian maestro, marks the end of Liverpool’s formidable front three, a trident that has brought an abundance of success to the Merseyside club. The crafty Brazilian forward, along with vice-captain Milner, creative Keita and dynamic Oxlade-Chamberlain, bowed out after Liverpool’s final home game, a moment that signalled the end of a glorious era.
Firmino: Time to Move On
A candid Firmino spoke of his impending exit. “It is time, unfortunately. The cycle here has ended and I understand it is time to go. I am very proud of 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.”
The quartet’s futures remain open as they approach the expiration of their contracts this summer. Rumours swirl linking Firmino with a move to Barcelona, MLS, and even a return to his homeland, Brazil.
As a touching gesture, Firmino hosted a farewell party at Anfield, gifting signed shirts too attendees, a testament to the camaraderie within the squad.
i need full footage of bobby’s farewell party stat pic.twitter.com/1BCh1IbS0D
— inessia (@sirlewisamilton) May 22, 2023
Jurgen Klopp’s Tribute to Firmino
Liverpool’s charismatic manager, Jurgen Klopp, was full of praise for his departing No.9. During his speech, Klopp exclaimed, “You are so football smart, in training sessions you are the first to get [understand] the exercise. It’s like you saw it once: ‘Ah, okay, go for it’. It’s really special and it makes you the player you are.”
Klopp has frequently underscored Firmino’s instrumental role in the Liverpool set-up, metaphorically likening him to an orchestra playing “12 instruments”. He concluded, “Mo Salah, world class, but not every day. Sadio Mane, world class, but not every day. Roberto Firmino, world class, pretty much every day.”
In a season of sweeping change for Liverpool, Salah’s touching tribute serves as a reminder of the unity, camaraderie, and mutual respect that defined the era of Firmino, Milner, Keita, and Oxlade-Chamberlain at Anfield.