Graeme Souness claims Fernandinho is "easily the best central midfield player" in the Premier League
"Fernandinho is easily the best central midfield player in our country."
Graeme Souness was in a very generous mood watching Manchester City's win over Liverpool on Thursday night, making two very big claims.
Ahead of the game on Sky Sports, the former Liverpool manager said that David Silva is "arguably the best Premier League player ever.
And then following the match, Souness claimed that Fernandinho is "easily the best central midfield player" in the Premier League.
Silva is a genius and certainly one of the best to have played in the English top-flight over the last 25-years. But is he the very best to have played in the division? Arguably not, but Souness has his reasons to make the claim.
Fernandinho helped legitimise Souness' other claim with his performance in the match. The Brazilian was immense in City's 2-1 victory over Liverpool.
Along with Bernardo Silva, Fernandinho helped City swamp Liverpool's midfield and he barely put a foot wrong all night. City are undoubtedly better for his presence in the team.
— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) January 3, 2019
"Bernardo Silva in midfield was fabulous," Souness said, before praising Fernandinho.
"And of course, the central midfield player that we were talking about before the game. Fernandinho is easily the best central midfield player in our country right now.
"The amount of work he gets through is overlooked by the technique he has as well. When he wins it, puts a tackle in, he gets his head up and generally makes the best pass that’s on offer."
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Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher also praised Fernandinho.