Despite Roberto Firmino having an absolutely stellar season, one that helped fire Liverpool all the way to a Champions League final, the striker hardly got a look-in with the Brazilian national team.
Instead, Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus started ahead of Bobby, leaving the Red to come in as a late sub in most of the matches. Still, Firmino managed to score a goal at the 2018 World Cup, whereas Jesus did not.
Firmino got his longest run-out of the World Cup yesterday, entering for Chelsea’s Willian as a second-half sub. Unfortunately by then the damage was already done; the two Belgian goals were enough to sink the 5-time World Cup winners.
“This is a huge blow for us” Firmino said in a post-match interview.
”It is still difficult for us to understand what happened and where we made a mistake. I do not have an answer for these questions yet. Maybe, I will (have it) tomorrow or later.”
Don’t worry about it Bobby. If you had been sent out to do what you do best, pressing from the front like a madman for 90 minutes and scoring no-look goals for fun, Brazil might have not been in the same situation.
Firmino surely deserved better from this World Cup, but the politics of the Brazilian national team are complicated, and not always fair to the most deserving players.
Take your rest, Bobby, and come back to Merseyside fully rested, and ready to win all the trophies. All of them. May our trophy cabinet shine brighter than your teeth.