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Gary Neville believes there is one Liverpool player at the top of Jose Mourinho’s wish list – and, surprisingly, it’s not Mohamed Salah.
The Manchester United legend spoke out about the Reds while providing analysis on Tottenham’s 2-0 victory over Watford, on Monday evening.
Salah was recently named PFA Player of the Year, and has understandably taken all the plaudits for so far notching a staggering 43 goals in all competitions this season.
But Neville believes there is another Reds player who deserves praise; an unsung hero who would be on the wish list of every top club and manager in world football.
"When I watch Liverpool, [Roberto Firmino] is the catalyst for everything they do," Neville told Monday Night Football.
"I think if you were Guardiola, you would want him as your striker. If you were Mourinho – you’d want him. If you were Real Madrid, Barcelona – you’d want him."
Firmino has scored 16 fewer goals that Salah this season – perhaps the reason he is overlooked – but is crucial to the way Liverpool play.
The Brazilian kick-starts Jurgen Klopp’s Gegenpress, meaning he is the first man to close down an opposition player when the Reds lose possession – the catalyst of their heavy metal football.
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