Liverpool footballer Roberto Firmino said that he is entering the rest of the season with a lot of motivation, after missing the World Cup because he was not called up to the Brazilian national team.
Firmino had a good start to the season at Liverpool, scoring seven goals and providing three assists, but manager Tite still left him out of the World Cup squad in Qatar.
He said that he was shocked by such a decision, but that it motivates him to give his best in the rest of the season in order to return to the national team.
“Of course it’s frustrating when you don’t get an invitation to the World Cup, but as I said before, it’s part of God’s plan, and I’m following that plan. It really motivates me even more and I will work hard to return to the national team” Firmino told Talksport.
Firmino missed last week’s game against Manchester City in the League Cup and the Premier League clash with Aston Villa on Boxing Day (the day after Christmas in the Gregorian calendar) due to a calf problem.
“I have already recovered, thank God. I will train and I hope I will be ready not for the next game, but for the one after it,” he said.
Firmino will miss the game against Leicester on Friday but could be fit for the match against Brentford on January 2.