Jürgen Klopp on Roberto Firmino's decision to depart LFC

NewsJürgen Klopp on Roberto Firmino's decision to depart LFC

By Chris Shaw


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Jürgen Klopp has provided his reaction to Roberto Firmino's decision to depart Liverpool at the end of the 2022-23 season.

The Reds No.9 recently confirmed to the manager and club his intention to embark on a new chapter in his career after eight unforgettable, trophy-laden years at Anfield.

Asked about Firmino’s future at Friday’s pre-match press conference, Klopp told reporters: “Yes, he told me. Surprised? Yes, a little bit but I was not hit by surprise, actually it’s a normal thing to do.

“It could go two ways and it was one. And I respect that a lot. It’s completely normal in this kind of long relationship that we have and Bobby has with the club and with most of the players and stuff like this, and with the fans of course.

“It’s pretty special and I loved the reception he got when he came on against United. He told me and then the only other thing he said is, ‘Now I want to bring this wonderful story to a positive end.’ So, that’s it. He is completely here and completely committed, how everybody can imagine. And that’s all we need to know.

“There’s no time for a goodbye or whatever in this moment, there’s enough time for that later in the season. Whenever he will come back, everybody knows that the song will still be for a long, long time in everybody’s ears I’m pretty sure.

“No problem. I think he’s one of these players that even when he would come with an opposition team, people would be really happy to see him.”

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