Gary Neville believes Kai Havertz shares ‘similar’ attributes to a Liverpool legend

Gary Neville has likened Kai Havertz to Liverpool legend Roberto Firmino after some of his performances for Arsenal this season.

Image Credits: Getty Images

Gary Neville believes that Kai Havertz and Roberto Firmino are alike in some aspects following the round of Premier League games this past weekend.

The Gunners passed another stern test to their title credentials by beating Manchester United 1-0 at Old Trafford on Sunday.

The German international was once again impressive against the Red Devils and provided the assist for Leandro Trossard to find the only goal of the game.

The 24-year-old has been in good form for Mikel Arteta during the run-in and looks a lot better than he ever did at Chelsea.

His season tally for goals and assists have now reached 19 in the Premier League

After transferring from cross-town rivals Chelsea for £65 million during the summer, Havertz faced considerable heat and pressure for what many perceived as another season underperforming in the Premier League.

However, under the stewardship of Mikel Arteta, the German is starting to show why Real Madrid were interested in his services back when he was at Bayer Leverkusen.

What did Gary Neville say about Kai Havertz and Roberto Firmino?

Gary Neville has been so impressed with Havertz’s form in the title-run in that he went as far as to compare him with Liverpool favourite Bobby Firmino:

“Havertz is doing a similar thing to what [Roberto] Firmino did at Liverpool,” Neville began to Sky Sports (via the Daily Mail).

“He drops in, he links the play, he provides a goal threat. But he’s subservient to the team, he’ll do whatever the team needs during a game.”

“Remember for large parts of this season there were large question marks over Havertz, but he’s become a really important figure.”

“I used to think that Firmino was a wonderful player for Liverpool. [Sadio] Mane and [Mohamed] Salah used to get all the main plaudits and the credit.”

“And that’s right, but I always used to mention Firmino because of the way he played, connecting midfield with the attack. Havertz is doing something similar.”

Though often positioned as centre-forwards on their team sheets, they typically play as a ‘false 9’, regularly dropping back to facilitate play between the thirds instead of operating as traditional No.9.

They are also both selfless players who don’t mind running the hard yards or providing the final pass for a teammate to go on and score.

But Havertz has to do more at Arsenal before he can truly be compared to the iconic Roberto Firmino – who has 31 Premier League goals compared to the Brazilian’s 111 strikes in a Liverpool shirt.

Read More:

Why Liverpool won’t activate Mohammed Kudus release clause this summer

Fabrizio Romano confirms Liverpool arrival: “It’s a done deal”

Want to get the latest Liverpool news direct to your phone? Join our WhatsApp community by clicking here.

Related articles: