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Liverpool tunnel cam footage reveals why Gabriel Jesus waited for Roberto Firmino

Liverpool’s tunnel camera footage has picked up a heartwarming exchange of shirts between Roberto Firmino and Gabriel Jesus at the end of Sunday’s draw.

The two Brazilians met as their respective sides played out a 2-2 draw that could have a huge impact at the top of the table. Brazil had a huge impact on the game, with three Selecao internationals getting on the scoresheet.

Gabriel Martinelli opened the scoring for Arsenal when Virgil van Dijk’s attempt at a clearance fell perfectly at his feet before he prodded home beyond the onrushing presence of Alisson.

Before the hour mark Jesus made it two, with the former Manchester City forward heading home after Martinelli’s cross.

The Arsenal supporters were surely starting to dream of the title, but Mohamed Salah’s goal started the Liverpool fightback before Firmino headed in the host’s equaliser late on.

His goal marked the 11th time he has scored against Arsenal in his Liverpool career. And there were no hard feelings between two goalscorers come full-time, however, as Jesus and Firmino were seen chatting after the full-time whistle.

The duo were filmed arm-in-arm chatting as other players shook hands at the end of the game before they found each other again in the Anfield tunnel.

It has since emerged that they engaged in a shirt swap, as seen in sweet footage that also shows another Brazilian in Martinelli stop for a chat with the veteran Liverpool forward.

The fixture represented what is likely to be the last time Firmino faces Jesus or Martinelli as opposition, with the 31-year-old choosing to call time on his Liverpool stay at the end of the campaign after eight years at the club.

He discussed his imminent exit for the first time after the 2-2 draw and confessed the idea of leaving at the end of his contract leaves him feeling emotional.

“I won’t say much, because otherwise, I’ll get emotional,” Firmino told ESPN Brasil.

“Because it’s a beautiful legacy with a beautiful history, at such a big club. I’m very happy and grateful to God for everything we have built here. But it’s a new situation for me, I’ve never been through it.

“I’ve been praying a lot for God to keep me and help me in this process. I’m working hard, always ready to help the team, and we’re together until the end. I want to finish well here with my teammates.”

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