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Graeme Souness claims Phil Foden is now England’s ‘best’ midfielder

Premier League leaders Manchester City put paid to deffending champions Liverpool’s hopes of recovery with a decisive 4-1 thumping as Phil Foden spearheaded the attack and added to his burgeoning reputation on Sunday with a virtuoso display of skills and football savvy.

Foden brilliantly set up both of teammate Ilkay Gundogan’s goals in the second half before completing the rout with a thunderous strike of his own to bundle out the title holders.

Speaking post-match, Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness hailed the 20-year-old as the ‘best’ English midfielder at present – placing him ahead of Chelsea’s Mason Mount, Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish and Leicester City’s James Maddison.

‘You see this young fella, England have some top class midfielders coming through but he’s [Foden] at the top of the tree. Maddison, Grealish, Mount, I think he’s arguably the best.

‘It’s very easy to look at the final shot but the initial take is all in one movement. He’s moving the ball so cutely.

‘That young man is silky, he’s courageous, sees the picture, he’s quick. There’s so much to enjoy about this young man.’