Bobby Firmino has released an emotional message after missing out on a place in the Brazil squad for the upcoming World Cup.
The tournament kicks off on November 20 and despite the 31-year-old striker getting off to a good start with Liverpool, Brazil coach Tite decided not to take him to Qatar.
Other Premier League stars such as Gabriel Jesus, Gabriel Martinelli and Antony have been named in the squad and the former Hoffenheim striker took to his Instagram page earlier today to react to the heartbreaking news.
“Just stopping by to say thanks for all the lovely messages. The World Cup is a dream for every player and with me it would be no different”, said Firmino (translated by talkSPORT).
“Yesterday things did not go as I imagined or dreamed for my life, but I can look back and have a grateful heart with God because he has already allowed me to live that dream and so many others. You, Lord, will keep in perfect peace the one whose purpose is firm, because he trusts in you.
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“(Isaiah 26:3) I take this opportunity to pay my respects and congratulate all those summoned. It was, is and always will be an honor to defend my country, especially with the gift that the Lord gave me. I stay here confident that God has the best for me and waiting for the hexa to arrive.
“For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11) #Jesus is enough.”
Only Mo Salah (14) has more goals than Firmino (8) for the FA Cup champions so far this season and his performances have shown Jurgen Klopp that he still has a future at the club.
With the £64m signing of Darwin Nunez earlier this year, many expected the Brazilian to fall down the pecking order at Anfield.
But with injuries to the likes of Diogo Jota and Luis Diaz, the fan favorite has appeared in all but one of Liverpool’s games this season and has proven his quality.
Every player dreams of representing their nation on the biggest stage and although he played for the South American during the 2018 edition of the tournament, the versatile striker has seen what was probably his last chance to go to a World Cup snatched away.
The next time the big tournament comes around, Firmino will be 34 years old.
Players from Klopp’s team not representing their nations in the Middle East are expected to travel to a warm-weather training camp in Dubai while the World Cup takes place. Bobby will be joined by the likes of Mo Salah and Andy Robertson to name a few. few, as they look to remain in peak condition before the Premier League campaign resumes on Boxing Day.
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