Roberto Firmino excited for ‘unique’ Anfield outing


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Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino says he is relishing the opportunity to step out at Anfield with Brazil when they face Croatia on Sunday.

Firmino has become an integral part of the set up at Liverpool since making the switch from Hoffenheim in a £29million deal in the summer of 2015.

The forward has improved season on season with his goal haul and he registered 15 Premier League strikes with a further 10 in the Champions League in the campaign that’s just finished.

Brazil manager Tite is yet to name his final 23-man squad for the 2018 World Cup but Firmino is likely to be included as one of the attacking personnel.

The Selecao have been in fine form over the last few years and head into Sunday’s friendly with Croatia unbeaten in nine games, while they’re the pre-tournament favourites to win the World Cup.

Sunday’s clash has special significance for Firmino, as he gets the opportunity to represent his nation at his domestic home.

The 26-year-old boasts 19 caps for Brazil and he will be hoping to add to that tally on Merseyside as they attempt to continue building momentum.

Firmino said: “It will be something unique to play at Anfield together with all Liverpool’s fans. It’s a great stadium with a lovely pitch. It will be a fantastic atmosphere.

“It will be a huge pleasure for me to play at home because this is my home. It will be a unique moment.”

Brazil., who are priced at 5.00 to win the World Cup outright, will get their World Cup campaign underway against Switzerland on June 17 before taking on Costa Rica and Serbia in Group E.

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