Richarlison's early goal put Everton on the path to a 2-0 victory on Sunday, the Toffees first away win at Liverpool since 1999. Firmino played in the match but it was the LFC striker's post-match actions on social media that had supporters fuming.
Richarlison posted an image of himself celebrating his goal - sticking out his tongue and in another image hugging Carlo Ancelotti - and Firmino, it seems, gave the post a cheeky like.
no fucking way Firmino liked this post if you needed any further proof our players couldn't give two shits here's the samba Darren Bent liking Richarlison's insta photo dunking on us pic.twitter.com/SuoBRGQfjX- Alex:red_circle: (@lfcalexx6) February 22, 2021
Oh dear. Richarlison's post was captioned (in Portuguese): "Nothing but the best is enough."
But Liverpool fans have been seeing anything but the best from their side in recent weeks.
Firmino has come under scrutiny as the Reds striker has only sporadically shown his best form. Liverpool's No 9 has just six goals in 35 games in all competitions - and while his unselfish play means he can't be judged entirely on his scoring rate, it's not an ideal return.
Given all he's done for the club, many Liverpool fans will have sympathy for Firmino's poor run of form but they may be less forgiving about him apparently congratulating a rival for inflicting a painful defeat.
We have Firmino out here liking Richarlisons post of our loss and Alisson hugging Pickford as if nothings happened. My blood is boiling. pic.twitter.com/foy6HCHMMg- Natasha (@tashaaa2000) February 22, 2021
We gotta bin Firmino in the summer https://t.co/OnG2v7pJGW- Erwin Smith (@yuslfc10) February 22, 2021
Firmino liking Richarlison's IG post where he's talking/ gloating about beating us is the last straw for me. I want him out- Josh (@LFCJosh23) February 22, 2021
Firmino just liked the photo of Richarlison scoring at Anfield... Right... pic.twitter.com/Fok5mYKLeZ- Halps (@LFCHalps) February 22, 2021
Firmino supprting Richarlison I see?- ~ (@TheLfcKop) February 23, 2021
Sorry Bobby, but we're here to take over.. pic.twitter.com/mGUG4pF2Cf
Some Liverpool fans were already angry over goalkeeper Alisson sharing a friendly moment with Jordan Pickford post-match (especially after his challenge earlier in the season caused Virgil van Dijk's ACL injury). Now this.
Richarlison and Firmino are international teammates for Brazil - so this could be a case of Firmino tapping the like button on his friend's post without actually looking at what it was (we've all been there).
Or, alternatively - and we hate to shatter the illusion - but many footballers have their social media accounts overseen for them, so maybe Firmino wasn't even responsible for this errant 'like'.
Apply these taxes to Firmino liking Richarlison post.- #9 (@NineRole) February 22, 2021
- Brazilian tax
- Social media run by manager tax
- Modern day football tax
- Accidental like tax
Maybe I'm reading too much into it but I don't think I am.- Jason Galvin (@Galv_LFC) February 23, 2021
When Firmino sees that picture of Richarlison celebrating at Anfield after defeating Liverpool at Anfield for the first time in 22 years, he should feel pain. I don't care about them being teammates/friends. It's not on.
But either way, seeming to endorse Richarlison's triumphant Everton post has not gone down at all well among a large section of Liverpool's support.
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