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Gary Neville praises Liverpool star who "doesn't get full respect he deserves"

By Amreen
Neville believes Firmino isn't given the respect he deserves
Neville believes Firmino isn't given the respect he deserves / Quality Sport Images/GettyImages

Gary Neville has praised Liverpool star Roberto Firmino for his work ethic and claimed the Brazilian does not receive the full respect he deserves.

Firmino has been in fine form since the start of the new Premier League season, scoring six and providing one assist in eight appearances across all competitions.

Ahead of Sunday's clash at Old Trafford, Neville and fellow Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher named their Manchester United and Liverpool combined XIs on Monday Night Football.

While Carragher opted to leave Firmino out of his team and chose Mason Greenwood instead, Neville picked the 30-year-old in place of Bruno Fernandes and Cristiano Ronaldo up front instead of Greenwood.

Neville explained: “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.”