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Every manager in the world would have Roberto Firmino as their centre-forward, says Gary Neville

Roberto Firmino

Gary Neville has heaped praise on Roberto Firmino after the Liverpool striker scored the winning goal against Tottenham on Saturday.

Jurgen Klopp's side opened up a 16-point lead at the top of the Premier League table thanks to the Brazilian's first-half strike.

And Neville believes Firmino is now the best player in his position on the planet.

"Any manager in the world would love to have Firmino as their centre-forward," he told Sky Sports (opens in new tab).

"I think he’s absolutely incredible. He’s selfless, brilliant, scores goals, sets things up, they can link off him, makes all the right runs, an outstanding player.

"It is a huge win, although they were a little sloppy in the second half. They made a couple of mistakes, but that left side of that defence is outstanding. Their whole defence is outstanding, the goalkeeper is brilliant. 

"They are outstanding, brilliant to watch and doing everything a championship-winning team should be doing. I can't see anyone stopping them.

"The records for Klopp are incidental right now. The only thing that matters is lifting the Premier League trophy.

"I think the lead is unassailable. Klopp will never say it but his team are playing so well and are so in control and they are still growing and getting better.

"He won't care if he loses one or two games, he just wants that trophy. When we were asking Pep last year about records, because [Manchester] City have won it before they probably could look to beat their previous title victories but for Liverpool (opens in new tab) it's all about getting that first Premier League title [in 30 years]."

City will move to within 14 points of the Reds with victory over Aston Villa (opens in new tab) on Sunday.

Liverpool are next in action in a week's time, when fierce rivals Manchester United (opens in new tab) travel to Anfield.


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Greg Lea
Greg Lea

Greg Lea is a freelance football journalist who's filled in wherever FourFourTwo needs him since 2014. He became a Crystal Palace fan after watching a 1-0 loss to Port Vale in 1998, and once got on the scoresheet in a primary school game against Wilfried Zaha's Whitehorse Manor (an own goal in an 8-0 defeat).