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Roberto Firmino

Roberto Firmino has responded to comments made by Roy Keane at the weekend.

The Manchester United legend was unhappy at the way some of the players were seen “hugging” and “kissing” each other in the tunnel ahead of the Premier League clash between the two giants of English football.

After seeing Brazilians, Roberto Firmino, Fabinho, Fred and Andreas Pereira, all cuddling each other, Keane said: “You’re going to war – hugging, kissing? Don’t even look at them!

“You’re going to war and you’re hugging each other? Chat to them after the game – or maybe not even chat to them!”

Keane’s comments were put to Firmino by ESPN Brasil for a response.

“I don’t want to create controversy with anyone,” said the Liverpool ace. “I find it quite normal before the game to greet each other, ask how they are doing. That’s all. Nothing more than that.

“But on the pitch, they aren’t friends, each one defends his club to the best of his ability. Then the rivalry increases on the pitch.”

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Nah! Sorry Roberto, but we agree with Keane. Who wants to see a love-in ahead of a match as important as that? Bring back Stevie G!

Meanwhile, Liverpool legend Steve Nicol has criticised Firmino and Sadio Mané for their performances at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Mo Salah missed the game due to injury meaning Divock Origi had to step in, but neither he, Firmino or Mané had a decent impact on the game and Salah was clearly missed.

Nicol said: “Whenever Salah comes out for whatever reason and you’ve got [Origi coming in, the drop-off is very big.

“Sometimes you can get away with it if you have Firmino and Mane at their best, but Firmino and Mane were way short of the mark.

“We all talk about Firmino and how he ties everything together, but everything fell apart when the ball went near him.

“Look, not a good day, but they definitely missed Salah.”

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