Roberto Firmino says that if Philippe Coutinho were to leave the club this summer it would be “awful” as Barcelona shape up to make a new bid for the midfielder.

There are just 16 days left of August and by extension, Liverpool’s nightmare that is the summer transfer window.

Not only have Liverpool failed supremely in their plans to sign big players this summer, Philippe Coutinho shook the club last week by handing in a transfer request.

The Brazilian has had his head turned by Barcelona and with Liverpool refusing to sell him, he saw no alternative but to hand in a transfer request. A move which has alienated supporters and left Klopp in a tricky situation.

Firmino, on the other hand, doesn’t want to think about one of his best mates leaving the club.

Firmino said, “I prefer to not think of this (Coutinho leaving) because it would be awful. He’s a great player but also a great friend to me.

“It is normal that great teams are interested in his football but my concentration is now on the team.

“My objective is to win cups with Liverpool so I can enter the history of this club.

“This season is a special season because it is World Cup season. From childhood, I had the dream to play the World Cup.

“To be selected to the World Cup, I need to have my best season with Liverpool. Tite is a coach who rewards hard work at clubs.”

With Coutinho, Lallana and Sturridge injured, Firmino has had to take on even more responsibility up front.

This evening, Liverpool will play the first leg of their UEFA Champions League qualifier against Hoffenheim and it marks a return for Firmino who played 153 times for the German side, scoring 49 times.

On his imminent return, Firmino said, “My feeling on facing my ex club? It makes me happy to meet old friends again. I always felt respected there, I have good memories.

“I know Hoffenheim very well. They’re an organised, hard side to face. But if we want to go far we must win big games from now.

“Klopp is a manager who’s got the group under the palm of his hands. We hope to achieve big things this season, we prepared well.”

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Michael Mongie
Just like you, I am a hugely passionate Liverpool supporter. I started Rousing the Kop in January 2015 and since then it has grown tremendously and has even been nominated as 'Best New Football Blog' in the Football Blogging Awards.

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