Firmino not feeling extra pressure


Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino has spoken to website Goal about a plethora of matters around the club.

The Brazil international was asked in the interview if he felt that the scoring form of Mohamed Salah has put additional pressure on his shoulders to get more goals for the team.

“No way! We have very good chemistry here at Liverpool.” he said.

“Many speak of the strength of our attack, which also has Mane, but we have a team full of great quality that is effective in attack.

“We have to think collectively. The more players score, the better. Liverpool are the ones who win in this situation.

“I just worry about playing well and helping Liverpool go as far as possible in the Premier League.

“If that is achieved by me scoring goals, even better. Thank God, the goals are coming! Winning the title is difficult this season, so we will fight to secure a Champions League place again. That’s one of the goals.”

“It’s the best moment of my career. I’m happy because things are very positive in my life; on the personal side and also on the professional side.

“The good moment our team is in helps a lot too, the team fits together very well. Klopp is a great tactician, and a great coach.” he continued.

They went on to ask him about the exit of his compatriot and friend Philippe Coutinho, who joined Spanish giants Barcelona in a deal worth around £145m in January, and Firmino opened up on the situation.

“We changed the way we played after his exit. Which team in the world would not like to have a player of the quality of Coutinho? But he continued his life at Barcelona and Liverpool remained strong, as we always were.” he said.

He was also asked about the allegation of racism made against him by Everton defender Mason Holgate following the Merseyside FA Cup derby back in January, for which no charges were brought against him by the FA.

“I always felt calm about it because I knew I had not said what they were accusing me of.” he responded.

“I have suffered racial prejudice and I know how painful it is. People need to take this issue more seriously and engage in this fight against racism.” he added.

Firmino also spoke about the impending Champions League quarter final tie against Premier League leaders Manchester City, following Friday’s draw.

“Man City have a very attack-minded team, just like ours.” he said.

“We are the two teams that have scored the most goals so far in the Premier League. City are a very difficult team to beat. They have won 26 out of 30 games and have opened up a very big lead.

“They are very agile team, the players move a lot around the pitch. City, like Liverpool, are built in the image of their coach. Pep Guardiola had some great clashes with Klopp in German football, they know each other well.

“We have great players in English football, it’s hard to select one as the outright best. That’s why it’s the most popular league with many quality teams. We can talk about the goalscorers Salah and Harry Kane.

“We also have Gabriel Jesus, Kevin De Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan in Manchester City, Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku at Manchester United, Moussa Sissoko and Mousa Dembele at Tottenham, Willian and Eden Hazard at Chelsea, Mesut Ozil at Arsenal.

“Not to mention Mane, Emre Can, Dejan Lovren and the many other good players we have here at Liverpool. It is a league with great stars. Virtually everyone I mentioned will be at the World Cup.

“The level is very high.” he finished.

Firmino continued his fine scoring form with a well taken flicked goal in the 5-0 win over Watford on Saturday. He will be looking to carry that on against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park when the domestic action continues after the international break.

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