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Roberto Firmino Missed Out On £45,000 After Letting Sadio Mané Score

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Roberto Firmino Missed Out On £45,000 After Letting Sadio Mané Score

It's been revealed that Roberto Firmino missed out on an incredible £45,000 after letting his Liverpool teammate Sadio Mané score against Stoke City in 2017.

According to a report from that November by Football Leaks: The Dirty Business of Football, the Brazilian earned a basic wage of £68,085 at the time but was also offered bonuses based on how many goals he scored.

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These are rumoured to be £25,000 for each of his first five goals, £45,000 for reaching ten and £65,000 from 11 onwards.

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And on this particular afternoon at the bet365 Stadium, Firmino was presented with the perfect opportunity to pocket that second bonus.

17 minutes in, Mané was played through on goal, dinking the ball over Potters goalkeeper Lee Grant. However, the latter managed to get a fingertip to the Senegalese international's effort, meaning the ball was slowed down as it made its way towards the net.

Firmino was in an excellent position to tap it home but chose not to, allowing it to trickle over the line without any of his own involvement.

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'Firmino could've easily nabbed Mané's goal," BBC Sport writer Raj Chohan tweeted at the time. "Sums him up: selfless player."

Chohan's point is spot on. Firmino has gained a fantastic reputation for his hard-working, creative role in Jurgen Klopp's side. During his six years at Anfield, the 29 year old has made 214 appearances, netting 67 times and recording 42 assists.

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He was also part of the squad that lifted the Champions League in 2019 and the Premier League twelve months ago. He's also impressed on the international stage, scoring 17 times in 55 appearances for Brazil.

However, it seems like Firmino has been usurped as The Reds' number 9 by Diego Jota. The 24 year old has enjoyed a brilliant start to this season, scoring two goals in Liverpool's opening three matches, including a superb header against Burnley a fortnight ago.

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Jurgen Klopp denied this was the case after the said victory, claiming the two are equally important to his team's chances this year.

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"We are so early in the season," he told Stadium Astro. "In these first 2-3 weeks before the international break, everyone is asking 'why isn't he playing, why isn't he playing?'.

My job is to make them all ready for the rest of the season, not for this specific game. We have to think about all of the other games that are coming up. We need all the players. When they are all fit and in good shape, we have no problems."

Topics: Liverpool, Firmino, Klopp, Premier League, Mane

James Aldred
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