Roberto Firmino’s agent confirmed his plan to leave Liverpool this summer and told what his client went to to demonstrate loyalty in negotiations.
It was announced on Friday that Firmino will leave Anfield at the end of his contract at the end of the season, after eight years on Merseyside.
The reaction to the news, which has now been confirmed by the player’s agent Roger Wittmann, was stunning: the 9th number of Liverpool was considered a legend among the fans.
In an interview with journalist David Lynch for Football Insider, Wittmann even confirmed Firmino’s plan to play for the legendary Liverpool team in charity games when he retires.
“It’s a storm when a player makes such a decision, but everyone is in love with this boy,” he said of the reaction to Friday’s news.
“[People on social media] said they could understand and [liked] how he did it seriously, not a single rumor.
“At this stage, there are no rumors, nothing. The boy said: “This is not the way I want to go, the club really deserves my attention, I have to be in the best shape after the injury and come back.”
“He will return to the legendary Liverpool team!”
Wittmann explained that Firmino was “very, very sad” when he made the decision to move on, saying, “It was incredibly emotional.”
“It was not the easiest decision for the boy. It took him a long time to make a decision with his family, and the decision was made with love,” he continued.
“Roberto is a peace—loving person and he said, ‘I had time, but it’s time to go.’ Liverpool was the biggest, greatest and most successful time of my life together with the coach, together with my colleagues, together with all of them.”
“It was an incredible journey.
“He said that the feeling of Liverpool is invincible. This club, the people, all of them.”
Firmino’s loyalty to his current club, to which he intends to “show the best version of himself to say goodbye,” was such that he refused to negotiate with other parties before confirming his intention to leave.
This shows the Brazilian’s closeness to Liverpool, the fans and the city, and guarantees that he will become a true legend at Anfield.