Former Liverpool attacker Roberto Firmino has opened up on his time spent at Anfield, insisting he will always wish things turned out slightly differently during Liverpool’s 2019/20 Premier League glory.
Firmino spoke on the heartbreak he experienced by not being able to celebrate Liverpool’s 2019/20 Premier League winning campaign with the fans.
Jurgen Klopp’s side romped to the title and were crowned champions back in June 2020, but could not mark the occasion with fans due to ongoing restrictions thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Firmino, who scored nine goals and registered eight assists, played a part in every single Premier League game that season, as the Reds romped to their first title.
Speaking ahead of the release of his new book ‘Si Senor: My Liverpool Years by Roberto Firmino,’ the Brazilian has shared his experiences on Merseyside and time spent with Liverpool, having most recently departed for the Saudi Pro League earlier this year.
Admitting something was seemingly absent despite the Reds’ success, he acknowledges just how much their Premier League crown meant to so many supporters. “It’s no secret to anyone,” began Firmino.
“We’d conquered Europe, we conquered the world, but something was missing: we still hadn’t conquered England and that Premier League trophy was the one the fans wanted most of all.
“I have no doubts that we were the best in the world during the period that spanned from the end of the 2017–18 season until March 2020, when the planet came to a halt due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“We had demonstrated our strength with two Champions League finals, an entire Premier League season with just one, painful defeat, and in our performances against Barcelona, Manchester City and even Real Madrid, against whom, despite losing, we were the better side.
“But the Premier League was still missing and we needed it. Liverpool hadn’t been champions since 1990. We’d come close a few times, but we had never been able to clinch the domestic title in the era when the Premier League became the most powerful league in the world.
“We had a score to settle. Our team was just too good not to have a Premier League title. In 2019 we were Champions League winners and had an epic Premier League campaign, amassing 97 points. Yet, still, it eluded us. The same couldn’t happen again. It just couldn’t.”