‘Of course it was frustrating’ – Roberto Firmino reveals return date, why he’s ‘more motivated than ever’ after Brazil World Cup disappointment, and praises Liverpool’s ‘never give up’ mentality

    Roberto Firmino has told talkSPORT that he plans to return for Liverpool more motivated than ever after his World Cup disappointment.

    Firmino was surprisingly not called up to Brazil’s squad for Qatar, despite previously being a regular under manager Tite as well as enjoying a superb start to the season.

    Firmino has had one of his best starts ever for Liverpool

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    Firmino has had one of his best starts ever for Liverpool

    But Jurgen Klopp was mystified when he didn’t make the Brazil squad

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    But Jurgen Klopp was mystified when he didn’t make the Brazil squad

    The forward began his campaign in excellent form with seven goals and three assists in the Premier League, making him the Reds’ top league scorer before the break.

    He’s since picked up an injury with Liverpool now back in action, but plans to carry on his stand-out campaign and fire Jurgen Klopp’s side to success in the remainder of the season.

    Speaking to talkSPORT, he said: “I’m already healed, thank God. I’ll probably train tomorrow.

    “Then all being well I’ll be ready not for the next game [Leicester] but the one after that [Brentford]. So all great.”

    Firmino continued: “Individually speaking, I started very well, of course we, as a team, did not start the season well, but we are coming back. 

    “Thanks to the work we are doing, and our mentality of never giving up, we’re now back and in form.” 

    Firmino is rested and set to return to action

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    Firmino is rested and set to return to action

    Favourites Brazil eventually made an early World Cup exit at the quarter-final stage, with Firmino back home and unable to help his teammates.

    But any fears that his motivation may have been dampened by missing out on the tournament have been put to bed, with the 31-year-old desperate to carry on his hot-streak.

    He explained: “Of course it was frustrating not being called up to the World Cup but as I’ve said before that’s part of God’s plan and I am following God’s plan. 

    “It really does motivate me more and more not having gone to the World Cup so I will work hard to get back into the Selecao.”

    Firmino is loving the role of helping young talent like Bajcetic

    Firmino is loving the role of helping young talent like Bajcetic

    With Firmino absent from Liverpool’s first two games since the break, Klopp’s side were knocked out of the Carabao Cup by Manchester City, but then had a morale-boosting league win over Aston Villa.

    That match saw 18-year-old Spaniard Stefan Bajcetic score his first goal for the club, while fellow academy graduate Ben Doak also shined.

    Firmino is clearly relishing his role as a senior player helping the club’s new crop of stars progress, and has predicted bright futures for the likes of Harvey Elliott and Fabio Carvalho.

    He remarked: “It’s a tremendous pleasure to play alongside the young players. They really help us a lot.

    “When they come up to train with us they become important pieces of our team. They help us, we help them as well.

    “As you saw in the game, they’re tremendous talents with great promise and definitely in the future they’ll become great players.”

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