Redknapp and Neville full of praise for 'brilliant' Bayern goalkeeper

Manuel Neuer 2 Germany

Manuel Neuer put in a superb performance in goal for Bayern Munich, despite the German champions suffering a heavy defeat to Barcelona.

It may be scant consolation for Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, but several former England stars were very vocal about his qualities during Sky Sports' coverage of the Bavarian side's 3-0 loss at Barcelona.

The 29-year-old made a string of excellent stops and wonderfully read interceptions from his box during the game, and at halftime, ex Liverpool and Spurs captain Jamie Redknapp was clear how good he thought Neuer was.

"He’s the best in the world and I think he’s the best goalkeeper ever," said Redknapp on Sky. "He’s changed goalkeeping and taken it to a whole new level.

"He's so good in possession and with the ball at his feet, I think he’s that good."

Ex-Manchester United defender Gary Neville was a little more reserved in his praise, but only a little.

The England assistant manager, who was commentating on the game, was particularly impressed with Neuer's ability to come off his line and sweep up behind his defence.

One move saw the German quick to get on the end of a wonderful Lionel Messi pass, just ahead of Uruguayan star Luis Suarez.

It had Neville and commentator Martin Tyler hugely impressed, with the former fullback claiming on Sky Sports: "He’s brilliant, he’s absolutely brilliant."

Neuer and Bayern would go on to be breached by three late goals, to put Barcelona well in control in the tie, but the Germany number one can be proud of the fact that if it wasn't for his first-half heroics, it could have been double that scoreline.

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