Fabinho’s Astonishment Over Firmino’s Exit
Brazilian defensive midfielder Fabinho has spoken candidly about his fellow countryman Roberto Firmino’s imminent departure from Liverpool FC, admitting the decision left the entire squad flabbergasted. Firmino, a cherished member of the Reds, has decided to close an illustrious eight-year chapter with the club.
This weekend marks Firmino’s final game with the Merseyside club, as Jurgen Klopp’s men travel to face already-relegated Southampton. Firmino, whose contract concludes this summer, leaves no stone unturned in ensuring he departs the club amidst the unwavering adoration of both his colleagues and fans.
Saturday’s match against Aston Villa saw the 31-year-old striker put on the red shirt for the last time at Anfield. Fittingly, he netted the equaliser in the 1-1 draw. Firmino’s imminent departure will be followed by fellow Champions League and Premier League winners James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita, whose contracts are also due to expire soon.
However, it’s the charismatic forward’s departure that seems to have elicited the most poignant emotions. In a recent Sky Sports interview, Fabinho revealed the surprising sentiments around Firmino’s decision.
Fabinho on Firmino’s Unforeseen Departure
“We were always nudging him about signing a new contract this season,” Fabinho disclosed. “‘Come on, we want you to stay with us. His decision to leave was utterly unexpected.” Not only does Fabinho share a club with Firmino, but the two also feature together in the Brazil national team, adding a layer of personal complexity to the situation.
Fabinho further suggested that Firmino, despite his age, is far from finished. “He’s 31 years old, so he still has a lot left to give. He’s still in his prime.”
Firmino’s Struggles and Future Prospects
Despite their disbelief, the squad understands Firmino’s reasons. “We saw he was struggling with injuries, which is unusual for him. It’s clear he had to go,” Fabinho confessed.
With Firmino’s decision confirmed, an emotional week lies ahead for the squad. Fabinho concluded, “The only thing is I wish the very best for him and his family.” Firmino’s future, both on and off the pitch, remains filled with promise.