Scorer of the goal for Liverpool (ING) against Flamengo, Roberto Firmino sought out a coach to enhance the World Cup
Whenever a Brazilian team competes in the Club World Cup, the debate arises as to whether Europeans value the competition. Liverpool (ING) striker in the final against Flamengo, in 2019, Roberto Firmino revealed behind the scenes of the decision. According to the athlete, a conversation with coach Jurgen Klopp was decisive for the English team to enter with everything in that match.
In Roberto Firmino’s autobiography, released this Thursday (09), the player says that the atmosphere among the players was that the World Cup would just be a ‘relaxation’. After all, Liverpool was fighting for the English title against Manchester City (ING), and the Premier League was the club’s priority this season.
Upon noticing the ‘little importance’ given by his teammates, Firmino and goalkeeper Alisson looked for the coach to talk. The Brazilians warned Klopp about the power of Jorge Jesus’ Flamengo and the presence of the Rubro-Negra Nation in Qatar. Furthermore, the duo emphasized that it was a matter of honor to lift the title.
The Liverpool coach was surprised by the approach of the Brazilian players and, finally, became interested in the World Cup. So, Klopp started to study Flamengo and asked several questions about Jorge Jesus’ team. The importance given was so great that the coach spared starters in the semi-final, against Monterrey (MEX), and used the best he had against Mengão.
At the 2019 World Cup, Flamengo played two games. In the semi-final, Rubro-Negro beat Al Hilal (SAU), 3-1, in an upset. In the big decision, a 0-0 draw in normal time. However, in extra time, Roberto Firmino scored the winning goal. After the trophy, Klopp confided that “no one deserved to score the goal more than him (Firmino)”. Furthermore, the coach commented to the attacker that “everyone enjoyed winning” the tournament, according to a report by the book’s author, journalist Julio Gomes.