Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino has said that he is working hard to help Brazil in Russia and hopes to emulate his form for the Reds with the Seleção.
In 54 games, Firmino scored 27 goals and assisted 17, helping Liverpool to the Champions League final and the club’s second successive fourth-placed finish.
Alongside Sadio Mané and Mohamed Salah, the former Hoffenheim star was part of one of the most devastating forward lines in Europe.
And with the World Cup under a week away, Firmino is keen to be just as important for his national side as he was for his club.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, Firmino said: “I just need to keep working hard.
“I have to maintain my daily levels of dedication and try to improve as much as possible, so I’m ready and able to always give my best when the tournament starts.
“I hope that I can do with the national team what I’ve done with Liverpool this season. Winning the World Cup would be incredible, but we’ve got to work very hard to turn this dream into reality.”
Firmino will be challenging Gabriel Jesus for a spot in Tite’s starting XI but the Liverpool forward is ready to take a spot on the bench if that’s what’s best for his country.
“I’m here to help Selecao,” he told SporTV.
“Whoever Tite chooses, I’ll respect it 100 percent and I’m here when needed, to give my best for the team.”