Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino says he feels “restless” at Anfield as he chases perfection.
The former Hoffenheim man has blasted 27 goals and collected 17 assists this season and he has admitted it has been his best as a professional.
But the 26-year-old, who has undoubtedly been spurred on by Mohamed Salah, has hinted that being overshadowed by Salah is a bone of contention for him.
Salah fired 44 goals and collected 16 assists and has scooped the Golden Boot, Premier League Player of the Season, the Football Writers’ Association’s Footballer of the Year, the Professional Football Association’s Players’ Player of the Year, the Arab Player of the Year and the African Footballer of the Year award.
The Egypt star was also voted Player of the Season by both the fans and by his Liverpool team-mates at Melwood and was by far and away the club;s standout performer.
Firmino though, whose work-rate has been impressive, has improved markedly on last season’s 12-goal haul, but he says he wants more.
“This year is my best year as a professional footballer, [but] I am still a little bit ‘restless’, as I always want more, to grow and grow even further,” he told UEFA.
“[It would be] a unique moment [to win the final]. It’s a very special trophy, because it’s the Champions League.
“If we’re fortunate enough to be able to win it, it will be a very emotional moment for me and the whole team.”
With the Champions League final against Real Madrid looming on May 26, Firmino says Liverpool are worthy of their place against a team who are looking to win three straight European titles.
“Of course we dreamed big, I dream big and our whole team had that dream,” added Firmino
“Sure, we’ve had to win matches, go step by step, and put in a lot of work to reach the final. Now that we are in the final we also must remain focused.
“We know there is an equally well-qualified team on the other side. It will be a great final.
“We know about Real Madrid. They are always winning titles in the Champions League and in the Spanish league too. They are a great team and are very tough to play against.
“This is a final and a one-off game, a one-off moment. But they’ll also be up against, in Liverpool, a team and a club with a great pedigree. We are going to fight until the end.”
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