Speaking on his podcast, Peter Crouch has named Roberto Firmino as one of the number nines he’d most like to play alongside in the Premier League.

The former England striker, of course, played for Liverpool during his career, and he says that he’d love to have Firmino as a strike partner due to his unselfishness.

Firmino is undoubtedly one of the hardest-working attackers in English football, and Crouch believes he’d be brilliant to play alongside.

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What’s been said?

Crouch was asked which Premier League striker he’d most like to play with.

“I think it would be either Firmino or Jesus, for me they’re unselfish, players I could play with and feed off, they sacrifice themselves, you have to be selfish and I would be selfish in this scenario. Playing with Haaland would be great but I don’t think we’d complement each other and he’d probably score more than me,” Crouch said.

“Playing in that Liverpool team and playing with Firmino would be a dream, but having said that playing in City’s team would be, but I don’t think I would work well with Haaland.”

Would it work?

Crouch says he’d love to play with Firmino because of how unselfish he is, but would their styles of play really complement one another?

Firmino is at his best when he’s dropping deep and feeding a player making a run in behind, and with all due respect to Crouchy, that wasn’t his game.

The 6ft7 attacker was a target man, and he worked best when he was holding up the ball and flicking balls on for advancing runners – such as Jermain Defoe, which isn’t Firmino’s game whatsoever.

Interestingly given Erling Haaland’s ability to get in behind, we’d argue that he’d be the better partner for Crouch.

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