Firmino looking to offset Liverpool heartbreak with Brazil success

Oli Fisher

Roberto Firmino has revealed that he is counting on success with Brazil at the World Cup to get over Liverpool’s Champions League final defeat.

Jurgen Klopp’s side were beaten 3-1 by Real Madrid in Kiev, with Mo Salah injured during the game and goalkeeper Loris Karius suffering a nightmare.

Brazil will open up their World Cup campaign with a match against Switzerland in Group E on Sunday in Rostov, with Firmino looking to get over the ‘bad taste’ from last month’s final.

Firmino said: “When I look back, this season has not been bad personally, but it still left a bad taste in the mouth after the Champions League final.

“I still believe we deserved more, but this is what makes football.

“Now I’m at the World Cup and for a ­Brazilian player it is what you dream.

“I can’t compare it being with my club – winning a title with Liverpool has a different flavour to winning with Brazil.

“The World Cup has such a big ­impact – for the fans and the people back home it’s the maximum. It’s absolutely everything for the country.

“So the defeat against Madrid will ­always be there, but this is a different challenge and already I’m enjoying it.”


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