After arguably his best season to date, Roberto Firmino claims his desire to improve has him feeling restless ahead of the Champions League final.
In all competitions, the Brazilian has scored 27 goals and provided 17 assists for teammates, taking his total goal contribution for the season to 44, with 10 goals in the Champions League making him the joint second highest goalscorer alongside Mohamed Salah.
Only Cristiano Ronaldo has scored more goals than Firmino in the Champions League this season and although the former Hoffenheim man has been widely praised this term for being one of the most complete forwards in Europe, he is not yet satisfied.
“This year is my best year as a professional footballer… [but] I am still a little bit ‘restless’, as I always want more, to grow and grow even further,” the Brazilian told UEFA.
Alongside his incredible goal contribution this season, Firmino still has the opportunity to turn that into something more tangible with a European Cup final awaiting Liverpool in Kiev on the 26th of May.
On winning the highest major honour in Europe, Firmino said: “[It would be] a unique moment [to win the final]. It’s a very special trophy, because it’s the Champions League.
“If we’re fortunate enough to be able to win it, it will be a very emotional moment for me and the whole team.”
When he was asked if he is satisfied with his 10 goals in the Champions League, the no.9 replied: “Very, very. Although I am a little bit annoyed because [in general] I always want more and I am never satisfied.
“However, you cannot beat yourselves up about these things all the time and you must always keep moving forward. It is my first season in the Champions League and I am one of the leading scorers, alongside Cristiano and [Mohamed] Salah.
“I am pretty pleased and very happy with my performance and the entire team’s performance. And I hope to keep that going into the final.”
Regardless of what happens in the Champions League final this season, the excitement does not end there for Firmino and several of his teammates. With the World Cup taking place in Russia next month, the forward has a realistic chance of returning to Merseyside for pre-season as a world champion.
Although he will be excited about featuring for his country, Firmino will be fully focussed on leading his club to glory first.