Gary Neville hails 'unbelievable' Liverpool player who doesn't get enough respect
Liverpool ace Roberto Firmino has been praised by Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville, who also thinks the Reds ace doesn’t get enough respect.
The Brazilian has been a key player at Anfield since joining from Hoffenheim in 2015 for a reported £29million fee.
Firmino helped Liverpool transform from an underachieving, largely underwhelming outfit to a serial trophy winner.
The 30-year-old is often the spearhead of Liverpool’s gegenpress, his movement and off-the-ball work helping to bring the best out of Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.
Although Firmino suffered a downturn in form last season – as did other Liverpool players – he’s looking very much back to his best now.
On Sunday, Liverpool head to Manchester United for one of the most highly anticipated games in the English calendar.
Neville, alongside Liverpool-leading Sky Sports counterpart Jamie Carragher, shared their combined Liverpool-United XI.
And the Red Devils legend surprisingly opted for Firmino at No. 10 ahead of Bruno Fernandes.
Neville said: “That was the most difficult one to decide on but I refuse to disrespect Firmino for what he’s done over the past four or five years.
“That front three have been out of this world and he always seems to be the one that gets pushed away.
“The work both in possession and out of possession he does on behalf of the team is unbelievable.
“He gets respected, of course he does, but I don’t feel he gets the full respect he deserves in the way that he dovetails with midfield, with the two wide players and how he fills back in big games and drops onto sitting midfielders for opposition.
“He does the donkey work when the team needs it, so for me he’s the type of player that needs to be in the team if you’ve got Ronaldo up front as he’s the workhorse in behind who would connect the midfield to the front really well.”
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