Roberto Firmino has given a wide-ranging interview with the Brazilian media, discussing his hopes for the season and beyond.
The Reds’ forward has been in irrepressible form this term, netting 19 goals in all competitions as Jurgen Klopp‘s first-choice in the central attacking role.
It is comfortably his best goalscoring season since moving to England, and the Brazilian international is on course to make it a career-best tally, too.
Firmino has now spoken with national outlet Esporte and outlined his hopes for a successful year, with the team improving each campaign.
Most happily for the fans, Firmino repeatedly outlined his intent to sign a new contract.
“I believe that I and the team are evolving every season and this year we have had good games in all competitions,” the No. 9 said.
“I believe that the victory over Manchester City has been proof that our team will fight for good things and I hope that we can end the season celebrating a title with the fans.
“Liverpool are one of the greats in Europe and being able to be part of the history of such a great club is gratifying to me.
“I work hard every day to give my best and I believe that the fans, the coaching staff and the board recognise my delivery by wearing that shirt.
“I’m very happy here at Liverpool and I do not see myself out of that club for years to come.
“I feel very good here in Liverpool. I am very adapted to the city, the club, and the warmth I receive from the fans makes me even happier with the work we are producing.
“I have already participated in some marketing actions of the club and it has always been very nice to feel this affection of the young fans with me.
“And all this support makes me even more willing to conquer great things wearing the shirt of Liverpool.
“I am very happy here at Liverpool and my thinking is to build a history with many victories and titles by that club. I have a contract with Liverpool until 2020 and I hope to keep it.”
The Brazilian also hailed the influence of his manager, citing Klopp’s decision to alter his role in the team as a major reason for Firmino’s own progression.
“I believe that I am living one of the best phases of my career and I owe much to the trust that the club has placed in me from the beginning.
“The arrival of Jurgen Klopp was very important for my growth within the team.
“Since he arrived here at Liverpool, he has changed my positioning, put me playing as a forward and that was the watershed for me here at the club.
“As I played in another role at Hoffeinheim, behind the attackers, I needed some time to adjust.
“But the more I play, the more I train, the more I feel comfortable acting as an attacker and things are happening in a positive way for me and the team.”
Firmino has been one of the undoubted stars of the season for Liverpool so far, and fans can be confident of seeing plenty more of the same—for the rest of 2017/18 and beyond.