Roberto Firmino will leave Anfield when the transfer window reopens, but his impact at the club will endure
Layton Stewart, a Liverpool forward, has detailed his impactful training ground conversations with Roberto Firmino, as the departing Brazilian prepares to leave a fitting legacy behind him.
Firmino, who joined the Reds from Hoffenheim before the 2015/2016 season, has already stated his desire to pursue a new challenge next season. The popular striker has won it all in his eight years at Anfield, with 109 goals and 79 assists from 360 appearances in all competitions.
Darwin Nunez, Cody Gakpo, and the next generation, including Academy striker Stewart, will have to take Firmino’s place. And Stewart has already done everything he can to elicit priceless information from him before the 31-year-old departs.
“I speak to Bobby [Firmino] a lot,” Stewart, 20, told GOAL. He is my absolute favorite.
“After a game, he messages me on Instagram saying ‘well done’ and other such things, which means a lot to a young player.” I recently had a photo shoot, and he was messaging me afterwards.
“We got along great in Dubai.” We were doing a lot of pressing drills, and he really is the king of it, isn’t he? I was constantly asking him for little hints and watching how he did things.
“He’s changed the way a Liverpool No.9 plays, and every young striker needs to be aware of that.” It’s not just about the glory of scoring goals; you also have to play the other side of the game. For years, he’s been the best in the business.”
Stewart, who was born in Liverpool and progressed through the youth ranks with his boyhood club, made his senior debut for the Reds in September against League One opponents Derby County in the Carabao Cup third round. This season, he has also scored 11 goals in Premier League 2.