Roberto Firmino at Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp anger, yellow card record and 'maximo' teeth

Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino will bid farewell to his beloved home fans on Saturday afternoon when Aston Villa visit Anfield. The Brazilian is set to embark on a new adventure after his contract expires at the end of next month, calling time on a successful eight-year spell on Merseyside.

Firmino burst onto the European scene with Bundesliga side Hoffenheim, where he showed an ability to score and create goals from numerous attacking positions, prompting Liverpool to splash out £29million back in 2015.

The Brazilian international, who has 55 caps for his country, has been part of the furniture at Anfield in the eight seasons since, racking up an impressive record of 109 goals in 360 matches. But as his 32nd birthday approaches and his game time dwindles, the player and the club are soon set to part ways, and Villa are Liverpool’s final home opponents of the campaign.

With that, Express Sport takes you through three interesting storylines during Firmino’s time in the Premier League…

Anger at Jurgen Klopp

The Liverpool boss has hardly stopped singing Firmino’s praises since snapping him up from Hoffenheim, and the trend continued after a 4-1 away win over West Ham in 2017. “I really like to talk about these two players [Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane], but please do not forget about Roberto Firmino on a day like today.”

However, he went on to explain how he angered the Brazilian by taking him off in the second half, leaving him with no chance of getting on the scoresheet: “He was really angry about that actually when I took him off. I said: ‘What a performance!’ He said: ‘I didn’t score though!”

Needless to say, the pair promptly mended their relationship and Firmino is set to leave Merseyside on good terms.

‘Maximo’ teeth

Along with being a talented deep-lying forward with a formidable goalscoring record, Firmino has become known for his blindingly white teeth, which he acquired during a dental procedure several years ago.

The dentist in question, Robbie Hughes, who has also worked on fellow Liverpool stars past and present such as Lucas Leiva, Alberto Moreno, Philippe Coutinho, Jordan Henderson, Sadio Mane and Klopp himself, claims that Firmino requested a new shade of ‘maximo’ white.

“When it comes to choosing colour we have shades 4, 3, 2, 1 – with one being the whitest,” Hughes told BBC Sport. “Roberto saw the chart and asked for ‘maximo’ – beyond one! We created that colour for him.”

source: express.co.uk