Liverpool star refused to ‘talk to anybody else’ before summer exit was confirmed – ‘it’s time to go’

Liverpool to let Firmino leave Credit: Alamy
Liverpool to let Firmino leave Credit: Alamy

Liverpool star Roberto Firmino had no intention to “talk to anybody else” before it was confirmed that he is leaving, according to his representative.

Firmino has been an integral player for Liverpool. He was part of one of the Premier League’s best-ever front three alongside Mo Salah and Sadio Mane.

The three players were vital as they have managed to win the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup under Jurgen Klopp.

But Mane left the club last summer and it has now been confirmed that Firmino will move on when his contract expires at the end of this season. 

His importance to Liverpool has decreased this season as they also have Darwin Nunez, Luis Diaz, Diogo Jota and Cody Gakpo to choose from in an attacking sense.

Firmino’s representative – Roger Wittmann – has told Football Insider that the player felt there was “no need” to talk to other clubs before his Liverpool exit was announced.

Wittmann also revealed that he has “no clue” what his Liverpool departure “means for the future”.

“Our plan for the next couple of weeks – this is the plan of Roberto – is to show the manager and Liverpool finally again the best version of him to say goodbye. This is what he wants to do,” Wittmann told Football Insider.

“He has no clue what that means for him in the near future. He told us during the whole phase when we negotiated, ‘I don’t want to talk to anybody else, there’s no need to do that’. He said it was a decision with the club.

“This was the first time in my life he’s a free agent player and he said there was no need to talk to others! So he’s not motivated by other clubs or by financial terms – far away from that.

“The club gave him the time as well, no pressure. And he never started to compare asking us to talk to different clubs. For us [it would be] easy but this was not his intention, it was just to find his own way. This is so far away from this normal business, believe me!”

Wittmann also took time to point out that it was “not the easiest decision” for Firmino to leave Liverpool.

“This was not the easiest decision for the boy. It took a long time to make his decision along with the family and the decision was with love,” Wittmann added.

“Roberto is a peaceful man and said, ‘I’ve had my time but it’s time to go. Liverpool was the biggest, greatest, most successful time of my life together with the manager, together with my colleagues, together with all of them’. It was an unbelievable journey.”

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