Firmino Hoping For Europe Return
Liverpool midfielder Roberto Firmino admits he misses European football and says he is hoping the club gets back in to continental football next season.
The Reds finished eighth in the Premier League last season, six points and four places off a Champions League spot, though they were just two points off a place in the Europa League. Defeat to Sevilla in last season’s Europa League final meant they missed out on qualifying for the Champions League via the back door.
“I would play two or three times a week if we could,” Firmino told the club’s official website. “It’s best for the team to be playing that way.
“I’m very sad there’s no European competition this season and I’m really looking forward to hopefully getting back in next season.
“We have to work a lot harder and we have an obligation to try and achieve the top four for that reason – that we do have more rest. And that’s what we’re going to continue to try to do.
“It’s very important for the team and the players. We intend to fight to the end so that we can achieve that top-four position.
“The objective is to end in the top four. We are going to keep on fighting until the last game to achieve that goal.”
Firmino was full of praise for the motivational skills of manager Jurgen Klopp.
“Working with him is excellent,” he added.
“He motivates us in a different way each day. Each training session he does something new and he helps us bring a kind of motivation from within ourselves as well.”
The Reds currently lie in fifth place in the Premier League table going in to tonight’s clash with Leicester City at the King Power Stadium. A victory over the champions would lift them up to third.