Some Liverpool fans will label Roberto Firmino a “snake” for leaving the club on a free transfer
Michail Antonio of West Ham United believes this. Antonio spoke to the Footballer’s Football Podcast about Firmino’s impending departure from Liverpool at the end of the season.
“There is still going to be people who are saying ‘he’s a serpent, he should stay’. “Even though he hasn’t played as much this season, some supporters who genuinely appreciate him will be calling him a snake for leaving and claiming he should be a squad player,” the 32-year-old stated.
“Then there will be other fans screaming he’s trash, we should have got rid of him years ago. Then there will be some in the middle who will tell you to go bloom and enjoy your career.
“There will always be three separate paths that people will take.”
Antonio falls short.
In general, Antonio is probably correct. Nothing divides football fans more than transfers. In the instance of Firmino and Liverpool, though, we believe he has slightly missed the mark.
In our experience, there isn’t a single fan on the earth who isn’t rooting for Bobby. Some, including ourselves, believe that the Brazilian should stay for another year or two. But there’s no doubt that Firmino is happy.
Instead, there is widespread agreement that the timing is most likely ideal for everyone. If fans are finding it difficult to say goodbye to Bobby, it’s because of what the £29 million man has given the club. If there are any Liverpool supporters who think of him as a “snake,” they aren’t true fans.
What the future holds for Firmino is unknown. Despite several reports that he is joining this or that club, the 31-year-old has yet to meet with other potential suitors.
That’s how determined he is to end things properly at Anfield. At an age when players will do everything to leave a team, Bobby’s approach is not taken for granted.
Sadio Mane’s departure last year was a similar story. Although Mane could have handled certain situations more elegantly, his admiration for Liverpool and its fans was always evident. Fans have every reason to be outraged as another legend departs Anfield. But that’s because we’re losing a widely popular player. Bobby Firmino’s sole resemblance to a snake is the way he slinks through defenses. Don’t listen to anyone who tells you otherwise.