Roberto Firmino has said it would be “awful” for his Liverpool teammate and close friend Philippe Coutinho to leave Anfield.
Coutinho submitted a transfer request on Friday as he seeks to secure a move to Barcelona, while Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has said the Brazil international “cannot play for Liverpool” currently.
“I prefer to not think of this [Coutinho leaving] because it would be awful. He’s a great player but also a great friend to me,” Firmino said. “It is normal that great teams are interested in his football but my concentration is now on the team.
“My objective is to win cups with Liverpool so I can enter the history of this club.
“This season is a special season because it is World Cup season. From childhood, I had the dream to play the World Cup.
“To be selected to the World Cup, I need to have my best season with Liverpool. [Brazil boss] Tite is a coach who rewards hard work at clubs.”
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