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Firmino loves ‘best friend’ Coutinho despite Barca move

Roberto Firmino still rates former Liverpool teammate Philippe Coutinho as “one of the best friends football has given me”.

Firmino and Coutinho spent two-and-a-half years together at Liverpool, the former joining from Hoffenheim in summer 2015.

They formed a wonderful partnership as part of Jurgen Klopp’s attacking side, ended by Coutinho’s January departure for Barcelona.

The pair still link up at international level for Brazil, and Firmino still holds his compatriot dear.

“Everybody knows that Coutinho is a great footballer – here in England they call him ‘The Magician’,” he told FourFourTwo magazine.

“He made his decision to join Barcelona, but every time we play for the Seleção we have a chat and maintain that friendship. He’s an exceptional guy – one of the best friends football has given me.”

“I believe Brazil is enjoying a good uprising since Tite took over – everyone is playing good football.

“We had some great results during the qualification campaign, so I hope we’ll be able to keep that momentum at the World Cup. I think it’s important for the fans to see us playing attacking football.”


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