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What we spotted at Roberto Firmino’s Liverpool farewell party as Richarlison and Vinícius send messages



What we spotted at Roberto Firmino’s Liverpool farewell party as Richarlison and Vinícius send messages

Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino marked his final Anfield appearance on Saturday with a late equalizer to salvage a 1-1 draw with Aston Villa.

After the game, Firmino was given a guard of honor by his teammates en route to an on-field presentation, and he then took in one final lap of the stadium as the crowd sang his name.

It’s been an emotional week for the Brazilian, who’s also had a mural unveiled near the stadium. He’s due to play his last ever game for the club on Sunday when Liverpool concludes its Premier League campaign away to Southampton.

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On Sunday, members of the squad, together with their families, were invited to attend a farewell celebration at Anfield.

The trophies that Firmino won during his time at the club — the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup, Carabao Cup, UEFA Super Cup, Club World Cup and Community Shield — were all laid out on a red carpet on the Anfield turf (in a video shared by Luis Díaz’s partner, Gera Ponce, on Instagram).

Attendees were also treated to a menu that included a choice of sirloin steak or spinach ravioli for the main course (via Alisson Becker’s wife, Natália, on Instagram).

Manager Jürgen Klopp and captain Jordan Henderson both made speeches on stage too. Klopp hailed Firmino’s ‘incredible’ football brain (via FK Pictures), while Henderson was joined by his teammates and initiated a rendition of ‘Si Señor’ to end the night.

The forward took to Instagram to give thanks for an ‘unforgettable day’, and a couple of his compatriots paid tribute in the comments.

Real Madrid’s Vinícius Jr wrote ‘you deserve it’ in reference to the celebrations, while former Everton attacker Richarlison commented ‘God bless you brother’.

A mixture of current and former Liverpool players had posted about Firmino’s departure over the weekend including Harvey Elliott and Lucas Leiva. says: It was only fitting that Firmino was recognized in this manner. In addition to the aforementioned trophies, he scored 110 goals and set up 79 more for the club, becoming a player who will go down as a Reds legend.

He ranks inside the top 20 on the club’s all-time scoring charts, above John Barnes (108) and Kevin Keegan (100), and inside the top 40 for appearances (361).

His successors in the center-forward role, Cody Gakpo, Diogo Jota and Darwin Núñez, face a daunting task, having seen more clearly than ever the depth of the affection for the 31-year-old among his teammates, supporters and coaches.

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