Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino has been spotted taking up a strange position to watch the Reds beat Wolves on Wednesday night.
Firmino started the game from the bench, coming on with 10 minutes left to play. And as seen on Liverpool’s own Inside Anfield footage, the 31-year-old was watching the game from inside the stadium’s tunnel.
With Liverpool players shown celebrating Mohamed Salah’s game-clinching second goal, the camera then cuts to a lonely-looking Bobby. All by himself inside the tunnel, the Brazilian watches on in darkness.
Soon, we see Firmino stripped of his tracksuit and ready to come on. But even stranger still, Liverpool’s No.9 leaves his extra clothing in a pile at the tunnel’s entrance. With staff looking in his direction, Peter Krawietz eventually emerges to give Firmino his instructions.
This isn’t something we’ve seen before, and we’re not really sure what to make of it! It’s not like Bobby to exclude himself in such a way.
Firmino’s future still not sorted
Maybe this is merely Firmino’s matchday routine when coming off the bench, but it seems a little odd. Why hang around at the back instead of taking his seat next to a teammate behind Jurgen Klopp?
Although Bobby is usually such a smiley character, this footage is somehow tinged with a little sadness. Hopefully it isn’t a sign that the striker is preparing for his Anfield farewell this summer.
At the start of last month, a contract agreement with the Brazil international had looked to be close. Since then, we’ve not had any further news to that effect, though.
Unfortunately, we have had some reports that Bobby is gearing up to join another club – namely Galatasaray of Turkey.
To some fans, this won’t be a problem. Firmino is getting on a bit, has started to become injury-prone and is no longer a key player in the team.
But for us, and plenty of others, it would be a real, real shame to see him leave. Bobby still has a lot to offer and has become a genuine Liverpool legend since arriving for £29m eight years ago. Probably it’s nothing, but this was a bit of a strange one. Sign the thing, Bob!
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